Arriving in Taipei was a strange experience. It was a combination of looking at my surroundings and knowing that I have been here before many times, yet at the same time it felt like I have never been here at all. Like if I was caught in a perpetual déjà vu. The feeling didn’t last long, however. A friend I got to know in Sweden and his girlfriend met me at the airport, making me feel welcome. Taipei greeted me with a light drizzle in it’s own, loving way.
The rain was brief though and had stopped altogether when we got off the MRT (underground) and slowly began to home in on the address I had been given by my to-be room mate. I knew that it was close to the campus and to the night market next to it, but it turned out the apartment is located almost in the night market itself. It’s still outside it, however, so even though the location has all the benefits of being close to everything, it’s still a fairly quiet area. This is what the apartment looks like:
What has happened and what will happen
Apart from taking photos (and noticing that my mobile camera really sucks), I’ve also done some other important things. I have handed over the required documents to the university and they seemed happy about that, no problems encountered so far (not that I expected any, but you never know). I have also managed to get a phone number and some other things which are crucial for survival.
So far, most things are better than I thought. This might be because deliberately turned down the expectations. The apartment is great and what I’ve seen of my room mates so far is also good (they like board games, yay!). There are at least five people living here, including me, but I have only talked with one of them properly.
The next few days will consist of getting settled in and registering at the university. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the semester will start on September 10th. Before then, I have some studying to do and I want to have most practical things solved by then. Most importantly, I want to get rid of the jet lag, which is currently keeping me awake at night. It’s almost midnight here, but my biologically, I’m still somewhere in Europe. Try to see what happens if you go and try to sleep eight hours starting from six o’clock in the evening. That’s what I’m going to do now, good night!