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Apartment found

During the Western New Year, I went to Gaoxiong to meet Vanessa and celebrate the New Year with her. Even though the celebrations did not amount to much (none of us were very interested), it was a very nice trip indeed. Apart from enjoying a few days vacation, we also checked on a few possible rooms for me to rent for next semester (I’ve written more about moving here). Lately, this has been of some concern, since it’s not easy to find a good apartment that’s also close to the college and not too expensive. We checked four different locations, but in the end, only one of them was truly interesting.

The only problem was that the landlord was in South Korea and I had to phone him as soon as he returned (which turned out to be earlier today). This meant a lot of worry on my part, because I knew that many people would be interested in the room, and that there was a fair chance of somebody else renting it before me. When I finally spoke to him, this indeed turned out to be the case. However, he was not yet sure how many rooms would be vacated in January, so there might still be a chance. In the meantime, I’ll rent another room from the same landlord, slightly bigger and slightly more expensive. I still think it’s worth it, because the apartment building is very close to the college and also fairly close to the underground, which I’ll use to go to the diving pool, for instance.

The rent here is generally much, much cheaper than in Sweden. For instance, I would pay $6600 NT for my room, which is more or less exactly one fourth of what my scholarship gives me (keep in mind that there are tuition fees to be paid as well). in Sweden, I’d say that rent makes up more than half of the expenses for any given month, but here it only amounts to roughly one third (or less if tuition fees are included). Still, the rent of the new apartment is more than 50 % more expensive than what I pay now, although some of this is compensated for by the fact that the building is very new and internet and TV are included. I will sign the contract on January 19th, but since my parents will come to Taiwan and I’ll travel with them, I’ll not move in until early February. Having solved the apartment problem feels very good indeed, because I have one less problem on my mind. I still have a few left, but more on that later.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Grattis! Alltid skönt när sådana praktiska saker löser sig utan större problem. Och lycka till med det andra.


  2. Xhakhal’s avatar

    That’s good :) I hope you get the cheaper one eventually of course, but just having one must be a big relief.


  3. Svante’s avatar

    Det var skönt att höra. Jag vet hur jobbigt det är att oroa sig för sådana saker. Men du, att TV är inkluderat … har du förändrats så mycket att du bryr dig om det nu? ;)


  4. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Svante: Ja, det har förändrats väldigt mycket. TV är det smidigaste och enklaste sättet att höra många olika typer av kinesiska, många olika dialekter och så vidare. Det är mer eller mindre perfekt hörförståelseträning dygnet runt närhelst man känner för det. Om det inte vore för kinesiskan skulle det förstås vara totalt ointressant. :)


  5. Svante’s avatar

    Okej, det kan godkännas.