I’m not sure I should bother replying, but will. Formosa Fitness is less than 1km away (excluding river) and is the best gym in Taipei. You are blessed. From your MRT to NanshiJiao is 5 minutes or so, and you’re close to great hiking. Probably if you ask the locals you could find a small gym, so get off this website and look around. Plus you have immediate access to the riverside paths for riding or walking.
BTW, you should stay in Dingxi area. Priced under $150, I can name the best beef noodle shop I’ve found in Taipei (and have visited over 20), the best pasta shop (well there’s another in Daji), the best Korean shop, the best SA pie shop, the best traditional cakes shop, the best TW style ice cream shop, the most popular Thai papaya salad stand, and the best chicken and sesame oil noodle shop. I often travel up there from Zhonghe to eat at the above restaurants. Plus this, although I’ve yet to visit: facebook.com/#!/thehammertw
Why bother coming to TW if you’re going to complain about life here, even when given reasonable alternatives? Open your eyes beyond the shit, and find things you like.[/quote]
I could easily add to your list. There is a load of good prepared food here, no doubt. I’ve also yet to visit the Hammer, but the owner is from the US. California, I think, but I could be mistaken. The menu is somewhat diverse and not cheap (which could be a good sign that you’re getting a fair portion with good quality - I’m not sure)
About walking and hiking and such, there is a reason I want free weights and floor space. I am probably in better physical condition than 95% of the users here. I go hiking, I go running, I go climbing, etc. I went hiking (south of Zhonghe) and climbing on the day I made the original post. I want a gym for specific purposes. Mostly, some weight training, floor exercises, skipping rope, and being among other younger people.
Last, I don’t really understand your final statements. First, I am not complaining. I don’t enjoy living in the Dingxi area and will leave this area soon. That is not a complaint, it’s a simple personal expression and statement of a plan. Second, if I thought the Dingxi area represented Taiwan as a whole, of course I would never have come to Taiwan. But it doesn’t, and I never thought that way. You don’t know very much about my life, so before you interpret more than is reasonable from my statements here, try to acknowledge that.