That is to funny, I laughed out loud… but it is also disconcerting. I have been working at rural high school in NY state for seven years and I have to remember that I am moving to a much more densely populated area and that crime will be an issue.
So, I guess that scooter scenario is not doable. I do not think riding a scooter for 30 minutes every morning after a 30-40 minute train ride sounds like something I want to endure for years to come.
I will be arriving in Taiwan on July 15th and the school year does not begin until September so I have time to look for an apartment. I will most likely get an apartment in Hsinchu until I have a better feel for the lay of the land and the public transportation system.
I am surprised that there is no monthly commuter pass for the HSR. Is the MRT station in Chubei going to connect the HSR to the Guang-Fu road area? I wonder how long a MRT ride from Chubei to the Tsing-Hua University would be.
How long does it take to drive from Xmingding in Taipei to Tsing-Hau University in Hsinchu by car? I was told it was over an hour even in the best traffic conditions.
To all of the contributors thank you so much for your time and advice. I have been coming to Forumosa for over a year as I have been researching for this transition and the boards have been so informational; thanks to all of the regular posters.