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My first day in Taipei.

Taiwanese chewing gum -- forget Red Bull, this stuff will bite you in the ass.

This concoction is actually areca nuts wrapped in betel leaves. You’re not meant to actually eat any of it, just swallow the juice and spit out the rest once it dries up.

Though often sold at roadside stands by scantily-clad ladies my purchasing experience was a little different; the grumpy old woman that eventually sold me this bag had to be talked into it — she was convinced I’d have a heart attack if I had all of it, and she was probably right… Just one piece gets your heart racing!

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