After 5 months and 15 days of living out of my suitcase, I finally dragged myself and my luggage up to my new room, on the third floor of a very Taiwanese building, at the top of a steep hill.
The flat and bedroom themselves are nothing remarkable, and I was mostly happy to get it because of the price and the location (ie affordable and close to school). However, I discovered a unsuspected bonus when I moved in today: the view from my bedroom window.
I love how lush and green it is, with the mountain in the background! Minutes after this picture was taken, the skies opened and suddenly it was like being under a waterfall. The loudest thunder I have ever heard (to memory, anyway) and absolute sheets of water… It went on for a couple of hours, whilst I tried to nap, although it sounded like bombs being dropped on my head every time it thundered. Note to self: remember to buy an umbrella tomorrow. It tends to rain around lunchtime every day during the sweltering humid summer season…
Around 6 I went out for a quick recovery mission, and to buy some food. I snapped a picture of my street — again, so delighted with the green lushness of it all. When I lived in Shida it was all quite grey and dusty, and for my first stay in Taiwan (in 2005! I was so young…) I lived next to a horrid motorway. My building is approximately indicated by the pink man.