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July 2020

The Road

Abandoned Railway in the Mountains – Miyanue Line Trail and Shuiyang Forest

Over 70 percent of Taiwan is mountainous and it’s full of incredible hiking trails. As you guys know we are fans of the great outdoors and couldn’t wait to explore those natural wonders! Already back in Finland one special hike was in our minds; the trail that follows the abandoned Mianyue Railway Line, zigzagging in the mountains in southern Taiwan’s Chiayi county. It used to be a branch line of the Alishan Railway, and was originally built in 1915 by the Japanese Colonial Government for transporting logs. The length of the line was 9.2 km reaching an altitude 2000 m above and it was known for its spectacular mountainous views. After several typhoons and the 921 Earthquake in 1999 the line collapsed and was closed down. Over the time it became a hiking route with its numerous elevated bridges and nowadays more and more people are visiting the area.  

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Sheki – Our First Love in Azerbaijan

Sheki was one of the first cities on our way through Azerbaijan and quickly we learned that hitchhiking there on its well paved roads worked very well. Locals were curious to see travellers and they wanted to chat with us, even for a short moment. Soon we had to refuse politely from all the offerings that the drivers wanted to share with us! The same hospitality astounded us at our couchsurfing host Jalal’s home. He and his lovely parents welcomed us to stay in their countryside house in a village near Sheki. Since our arrival the table was full of food. We didn’t have words to thank for all the delicious traditional meals, like dolma, dogva and sweet halva (just to mention a few!), that we ate during our stay. Everything was home-made: the cheese, bread, vegetables and fruits from their garden, milk from their cows…we could also learn how to make sugar!  

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Lovely time in Autumn City – Our Stay in Seoul

It’s been a long time without a post here, but our time in Hong Kong is quite intense! Anyway, today another megacity came back to our minds, the capital of South Korea – Seoul. Hitchhiking back there from the rural side of the country, we were hit with the noise, crowds and the city lights. Fortunately, we made the most of the couchsurfing service before it changed its policies and let down the majority of their users recently… Yet again we were lucky to enjoy our stay in quite a place! The couchsurfing host named Bibi offered us the flat of her friend who was away, the whole place for us, for free and for as long as we want it, amazing!

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