I’ve been in Taipei for a bit over a week now and I’m likely to enroll at ShiDa. The other language schools are cheaper but don’t have reading-writing courses. I also want to explore the city since I’m only here for a few months.
The problem is that I’m currently staying with my cousin who goes to Taipei Medical University, and thus live in the Wuxing St area behind it, up on Elephant Mountain.
Now I spend my time waiting for the minibus and walking like 20 min to the 101 station (the nearest metro stop) when my cousin says the bus is too expensive. Or I walk 15min to the TMU bus stops (not actually at TMU), take the bus for half an hour, and then walk another 15min to get to ShiDa.
The air might be better up there, but it’s super wet and my cousin refuses to use the dehumidifier because she’s used to the musty smell and humid feeling - and the electricity bill would be higher. We only share a small room in a group apartment, so we have to keep the door locked all the time and the small window isn’t much help. She says I just have to get used to it because this is Taipei… There’s also no space heater there and it’s far colder inside the house than out of it. I think it has to do with the humidity and location because it’s worse than just the regular Taiwanese concrete box.
I also am told that I should do my laundry in the mornings only, or else it bothers the other people, who are renting the rooms from her mom. But I have class in the mornings, so I offered to get up super early to do it, but am then told I can’t do it when they are sleeping or in the house basically.
I’m having to get up super early every morning to even have a chance of making the 8am class on time, and on weekends are caught between wanting to explore Taipei and being concerned that the minibus won’t be running by the time I get back, and I’ll have to decipher the confusing alleys in the dark. Back home, I took for granted the convenience of Manhattan, and expected that Taipei would be somewhat similar… definitely not like this.
I’d really like to move somewhere else, hopefully a safe area with easy access to the metro. I have a few other cousins in Taipei, one living between 東門 and CKS memorial, and two in the 西門町 area. (They don’t have room for me though.) Those seem like nice places with actual civilization but I’m open to wherever isn’t here basically. I’m also hoping for no roommates to deal with, but I don’t need a kitchen. Looking for 套房 on 591 seems confusing though as I can’t figure out whether that means there will be shared spaces or not. My aunt would also prefer me to be in a doorman building, but I suspect that’ll be more expensive. I also am having trouble finding short term leases because most want at least a year, and ShiDa is only three months. Budget-wise, my dad just wants something that’s fair. His biggest concern is whether I can even find something in such a short time.
Or maybe I should just learn to love what I have now?