I’ve never been a city girl. I relish the quiet of the suburbs and the rolling hills of the country. I loved living in Kentucky with big blue open skies and tall trees and lush green (blue)grass. I also adored my apartment in Dashe (Taiwan) with the view to beat all views: skyscrapers and pineapple fields, highway lights and swaying palm trees, all at the perfect distance from my hilltop-perched apartment.
Now we live in the city, so we hear honking horns, screeching tires, and ambulance sirens (we live close to a hospital) all day and late into the night. When I look out our window, I’m face-to-concrete with a towering building of offices. Gazing down, we see pavement and rooftops, people hurrying by on foot and on scooters, cars and trucks rumbling along, and a bit of greenery strategically placed. It’s actually quite a nice part of the city, but it’s a concrete jungle nonetheless.
Since moving to Taichung, I have tried to recognize the positive aspects of city living. The best thing I’ve noticed so far is how convenient everything is! We have a lot within walking distance: restaurants, grocery stores, hair salons, a state-of-the-art medical center, multiple convenience stores, pharmacies, a nice big park, electronics stores, and more. Just recently, a 7-11 opened on the first floor of our apartment building, and Taiwanese 7-11’s are about the most convenient places on the planet. Although city living is noisy and not very picturesque, it sure does win for convenience.
Pasta Goodness–What a Surprise
One recent fun find in our neighborhood is an Italian pasta place just a block and a half from our apartment. Some local friends pointed it out to us and told us it has an English menu–a bonus for us non-Mandarin-reading folks. Last week, Charles and I checked out the place on our own, and we were very pleasantly surprised. A whole meal for one (drink, salad, soup, and main dish) cost about 220NT or $7 USD. My meal was more than I could eat, so I took half of my pasta home. It was so delicious and tasted very un-Taiwanese, which is what you want in an Italian pasta restaurant! I, the real pasta-lover of the pair, cannot wait to go back for a second scrumptious meal there.
So, while I never dreamed of living in a big city, I am slowly learning to enjoy the perks of being here. Here’s to more exploring and adventures in the city of Taichung.