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Wet Hot Taiwan Summer

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Story and photos by Ellen Lee

 

While I was in Chiang Mai back in February, I had finally read Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off The Boat. He made Taipei sound so awesome that I was like, gotta go to Taipei.

 

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Yehliu.

 

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Although this place was slammed with tourists, I still loved it here.

 

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Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung. It was cute, they put this creepy crawler crab thing to indicate that you are having the crab xiao long bao.

 

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When I saw these on this woman’s table I went nuts. LOOK AT THEIR TINY LITTLE HANDS HOLDING PIECES OF SHRIMP AND RICE! We asked the woman what they were “they’re from Australia” (doesn’t really answer my question), how old they were “3 to 4 years old,” why is the front one so fat (couldn’t get him in the picture) “I dunno but he’s fully grown like the others.” For someone with such cute animals she didn’t seem very happy or into answering our questions. Yes to be fair we shouldn’t have interrupted her meal.

 

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Jiufen: A town with a teahouse that inspired the bath house in Spirited Away.

 

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Went to so many night markets.

 

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A deep fried sandwich. I…wouldn’t get it again. The English name of the stall was “Nutritious Sandwich.”

 

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Island Time

A dimming sunset viewed from Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.

 

The village of Telegraph Cove is home to only 20 permanent residents.

The village of Telegraph Cove is home to only 20 permanent residents.

 

Photojournalist Katie Lin ventures to the northern edges of Vancouver Island.

Photos by Katie Lin

Nestled between ocean and rainforest in the northern Vancouver Island wilderness, the historic village of Telegraph Cove reveals life in another century. A lumber mill and salmon saltery served this tiny outpost more than 100 years ago. Today the population is only 20 people, but the town welcomes thousands of summertime visitors in transit from island to island, beach to forest and back again.
In this photo essay, photojournalist Katie Lin explores the rainforests, islands, First Nations carving studios, hiking trails and ocean wildlife surrounding Telegraph Cove. From the peaceful shores of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island to the deep, forested wilderness of the Nimpkish Valley, let these images transport you to another time and place.

 

The Whale Interpretive Centre sits at the north end of the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove and houses a comprehensive collection of marine mammal skeletons.

The Whale Interpretive Centre sits at the north end of the boardwalk at Telegraph Cove and houses a comprehensive collection of marine mammal skeletons.

 

An hour’s drive to the west, the former trading post of Fort Rupert is now known for its prolific carving community.

An hour’s drive to the west, the former trading post of Fort Rupert is now known for its prolific carving community.

 

Tucked away in the wilderness of Nimpkish Valley, Little Huson Caves are a stunning sight of limestone arches, sinkholes, and natural bridges.

Tucked away in the wilderness of Nimpkish Valley, Little Huson Caves are a stunning sight of limestone arches, sinkholes, and natural bridges.

 

A stroll along the forest trails of Elk Falls Provincial Park.

A stroll along the forest trails of Elk Falls Provincial Park.

 

Memorial totem poles at Namgis Burial Grounds on Cormorant Island.

Memorial totem poles at Namgis Burial Grounds on Cormorant Island.

 

The Alert Bay Big House continues to host traditional potlatch ceremonies.

The Alert Bay Big House continues to host traditional potlatch ceremonies.

 

A young eagle guards his territory from a nearby heron off the shores of Port McNeil.

A young eagle guards his territory from a nearby heron off the shores of Port McNeil.

 

A stop sign on Cormorant Island in Kwakwaka'wakw, a local First Nations language.

A stop sign on Cormorant Island in Kwakwaka’wakw, a local First Nations language.

 

A dimming sunset viewed from Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.

A dimming sunset viewed from Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.