Firstly, thanks to those of you who were kind enough to share the info about prices with us (from the earlier post “Moving to Taipei”). It’s helped a lot.
Now we’ve got a few more questions for you guys…
Can you give us an idea of how much the following things cost in Taipei?
- Gym membership per month
- Video rental
- Mobile phone per month (used for calls within Taiwan only)
- Approximate weekly spending (entertainment, food, transport)
- Basic train fare
- Internet connection per month
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Someone asked what it’s like living in Osaka. Well from what information we’ve gathered about Taipei, the two cities sound somewhat similar. Osaka is very dense and the surrounding cities tend to blend into it as far as the eye can see. The people here are friendly and slowly getting used to having foreigners around. There’s quite a bit of English here and English words are becoming part of the Japanese language more and more as time goes by. Osaka is a very modern city with all the conveniences you could ever want. Osaka has more than its fair share of conveniently located shops and restaurants. It can be a little bit expensive living here but if you can get a job with a good English school, they will pay you well enough to compensate.
The pollution in Osaka varies from day-to-day, depending on the weather. It’s quite possible to have perfectly clear days here in the summer months if the humidity and temperature are right.
As you can probably imagine, public transport is excellent throughout Japan. You can get basically anywhere you want in Japan simply by catching a train (and more than likely there will a number of trains running to your destinating throughout the day).
If anyone has specific questions about living in Osaka, please don’t hesitate to ask us! We’ve been living here for two-and-a-half years.