were NOT made for walking.
This is what I realized traipsing all around Taipei on the hunt for good food, good bargains and good sights. The more nourished my stomach, the fuller my camera's memory card, and the heavier my shopping bags, the more pain and abuse my poor feet suffered. After all, Taipei is a fairly large city, with buildings that look very similar to one another.
It is very easy to get lost if you don't know where you're going.
To spare yourself the trouble of burying your nose in a travel guide or map, it's always convenient to hop into one of the many many MANY yellow taxi-cabs whose drivers are more than happy to take you to your destination for a mere fee of 70NT basic starting fee for 1.65 km and then 5NT extra every 0.3 km. Sure beats NYC prices.
If taxis aren't your thing, then there are plenty of other transportation options available. You can hang on for your dear life on the subway...
(they're really scared. Promise.)
Or zoom by on the also bountiful variety of scooters/motorcycles (varies depending on how bad-ass you are)
Or take a nap on the train...
(I had just woken up but the guy across from me; still knocked out!)
Or even enjoy the view from atop a gondola!
Or, if you just prefer the old fashioned way of walking, do it. Plenty of people do. But beware, donning the wrong pair of shoes might make you a...
You get the picture.