[quote=“elitxan”]Hi and thanks to all for all the advices!!!
I am looking for an apartment in Taipei, mostly in some downtown area. I live in Tien Mu now and I feel I am far away from everything, but the air and the environment here is nice.
I was thinking about Ximending, because I like the people and the shops… I used to live in the center in Barcelona, but I am not sure the thing is the same here…
I heard there are lots of rats and cockroaches ??? Whenever I ask to my Taiwanese friends or my Taiwanese boyfriend, they really despite the area and say I am crazy for wanting to move there.
I appreciate any advice.
I live in Ximending right now. After my apartment lease is over I’m going to look for somewhere more affordable than here. I have to pay for the privilege of being near the trendy area, and on hindsight, I’d live farther away for a cheaper rent. Also my window faces in the direction of the temple on Chengdu road with nothing big blocking it so every now and then I get to hear gongs and firecrackers. Also the occasional ambulance trying to take some poor soul through traffic to the hospital and no one will let them through.
It’s nice to walk around Ximending but it gets old after a couple weeks. There are a couple of good sit down restaurants but they get pricey if you eat there every day. The street food vendors are pretty good when the cops aren’t running them off. Most of the shops are clothing and shoes though.
But yes, there are lots of rats and cockroaches. Until it started raining recently I’ve had an infestation that came up through my kitchen sink. It was one every other day until I got up at 2 am and found a dozen chilling near my coffee pot. I got 10 of the bastards in that skirmish. No rats though in my place, but if you go to Ximending after things get slow at 11 or 12 you’ll see some gigantic fucking rats running around.