Taiwan Third Time Lucky

7 November 2019, TaipeiM Hotel - Main Station, Taiwan
Arrived here last night from Singapore. The Lion City was steamy and uncomfortable as usual. We stayed in the ‘burbs on the Changi side of the city, near Eunos SMRT station.

Our arrival in Taiwan today  was smooth as silk. On our last visit the lines at the immigration hall were snaking out the door and into the corridor.With one of us holding the place in the queue in case it didn’t work, we registered for the E-Gates using the Airport’s free internet. It did, so we slipped out of the line, heading for the vacant E-Gatesand escaped the chaos. This time we smugly approached the immigration hall, expecting to strut past the plebs lined hundreds deep at the manual immigration points. But today, immigration was a cavernous space! No queues at all. Deflated, we still used the E-Gates and were out of the terminal within 15 minutes of landing.

One of the few times in many overseas trips, we purchased a local SIM card for one of our phones.…