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My Brief Hiatus From EGE – Taroko Gorge, Yoga and Hot Pots

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Over the past month I’ve been MIA from all social media platforms, including Every Girl, Everywhere. For a moment I started wondering if this is what I really wanted to do; pressure myself to push out blog posts, spend hours writing, editing, and managing social media, constantly think of new ways to gain followers and set EGE apart from all the other travel blogs of the world. Even though EGE isn’t a five star blog and on anyone’s top 10 list, I still put pressure on myself to create the best content and blog that I can. Not only for me, but for you too!

It’s been a wonderful month, no doubt! I’ve done a lot of cool new things while showing a handsome man around to the old familiar places. Yes, that’s right – my long distance boyfriend is in Taiwan and here to stay! I’m really excited about him being here, so naturally I didn’t want to spend all the extra time I had with him on the internet. Maybe you’re asking yourself what made me change my mind. Well, over the past month many people have reached out to me with love for my blog and what I’m doing. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people who enjoy reading what I have to say and look to me for advice; and that’s exactly why I started this blog in the first place. I want to show people that you can do whatever you put your mind to and that no dream is out of reach. So that’s that – Thank you for all of your sweet messages and love! It’s given me that motivation and drive to want to write and create again 🙂

Okay no more of that.. I’m sure some of you are wondering what the hell I’ve been doing this whole time. Apart from teaching mini maniacs and cleaning like a mad woman, I’ve done some pretty adventurous things!

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Traveling down the east coast of Taiwan to Taroko Gorge was first on our list! This is Caleb and I at the Eternal Spring Shrine with his fancy new GoPro. He’s never been to the National Park before so I knew I had to experience it with him. Thankfully we were here on a Monday, so the crowds weren’t overbearing.

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We got so lucky once we arrived in Taroko National Park! It normally costs you $200TWD to stay on the platforms at the Heliu Campground, but we arrived early in the morning, set up camp and didn’t come back till sun down. So whoever came around to gather the money from campers (if there was anyone) missed us. Also, we were there at the beginning of the week so there were less campers and more room to roam. We met some of the sweetest people at the campground who offered us food and good conversation. We really enjoyed their company! TravelTravel

This is one view from the top of Cimu Peak in Pingxi overlooking Stinky Head Mountain and Mt. Putuo Guanyin. Hiking the three peaks can take anywhere from 1 – 2 hours, depending on your pace, where you’ll find stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forest. I love hiking Pingxi because you also get some cool trails where you go straight up the peak on a ladder and down steep engraved steps. It gets scary! I’ll be writing a separate post on Pingxi soon after this one, no worries.
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I’ve introduced Caleb to the famous hot pots of Taiwan. What’re hot pots you ask? Imagine this – a giant bowl where you put fresh veggies, fish and meats of your choice and cook it all yourself. One meal included giant shrimp, salmon, oysters, squid, vegetables, tofu, rice and unlimited drinks and ice cream all for under $10 USD – you can’t beat it.

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Tuesdays are my day to either A- relax and get stuff done or B- explore! Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall and Liberty Square were the explorations we decided to embark on for the day. When I first saw Chiang-Kai Shek, the National Theatre and National Concert Hall back in March, I gasped. It was my first time seeing a temple-like structure and they’re HUGE! I knew Caleb would enjoy them, too, so we explored the area and my yoga poses.

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My “FollowMe” picture! I insisted on getting one here 🙂 Travel

And the last thing I’ve been up to – Becoming ‘The Ultimate Yogi’ with Travis Eliot. It’s a 109 day program that helps improve your strength, flexibility, stamina, and overall health. On day 3, I went from almost crying just trying to get past my knee to touching my toes and now I can even go past my toes – something I haven’t been able to do since I was a kid. Sad – I know.

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So there you go! I’ve been gone for a month exploring Taiwan and practicing yoga. I don’t regret anything and am thankful for all my loyal followers. Again, thank you for re-inspiring me to write, create and share my stories. I love doing this and will find more time to do the things I love!

 

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Kollin Lephart

Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she’s not working as a Marketing Consultant, she’s strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She’s passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.

http://www.everygirleverywhere.com

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