We finally made it to Taiwan. Our home for the next four years.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in about 50km outside of Taipei city so the drive to our apartment was a great introductory tour. We saw Taipei 101 from afar and also the Tamsui River which runs through the city. Taipei sits in a valley so there are big beautiful hills surrounding the cityscape. It certainly is a big city – according to Wikipedia there are about 2.2 million people in the city proper or 6.9 million if you include the surrounding metropolitan area. Despite all the scooters and dense apartment buildings, there does seem to be a lot of green space. The area where we live (Da’an) is close to a very large park with ponds, foot massage paths, and market stalls.
When we got to our building we were taken to the apartment we will be living in for the next month until our actual apartment is available.
It’s a very nice fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment with great views.
We were also given a food hamper to tide us over until we locate the supermarket.
After we unpacked a bit we took a walk around the neighborhood to see what’s around us. It was about dinner time and there are plenty of restaurants around us but didn’t quite feel brave enough to face the menus all in Mandarin. Instead we went to our local 7-11 convenience store and found microwave meals with English packaging.
And to be a little bit adventurous, we selected two steamed buns with fillings we couldn’t identify to sample. The one on the right had a molasses flavor and the one on the left had some kind of red bean like filling.
When we got back to our apartment we were presented with a a beautfifully wrapped box full of fresh fruits compliments of our apartment building.
This morning before Luke’s classes started we took a taxi ride downtown to get a better look at the city.
We saw a lot of interesting things like this mannequin alerting traffic of road construction.
After our trip I walked with Luke to the building where his classes will be held.
So far so good. We’re excited to finally be here and start this new adventure.