Welcome to Johnny Vagabond World Headquarters for the next couple of months. It’s the beginning of high season here so my options were less than I’d hoped, but I managed to find a clean, comfortable place the first day I went looking at a locally-owned place, D.N. House.
For this price, I get a large room with strong AC, a mid-sized refrigerator, solid wifi, cable tv and a hot shower. There’s a nice terrace outside my window that overlooks the soi (I’m only one block away from the main tourist area of Taipei Gate but it’s nice and quiet here). It makes for a nice office in the morning and afternoon when the sun isn’t glaring down on me.
I could have found nicer digs if I’d been willing to live a bit further out –I just spoke to someone who gave up a two-bedroom house for which he was only paying $175– but I wanted to start off in the walkable part of town and work my way up to renting a scooter.
This is $225 per month, all utilities included and with no deposit — pretty easy.
Best of all? My favorite Thai place is less than a block away and makes great Khao Soi soup and has that rare Thai iced coffee that is made with real drip coffee and isn’t overpoweringly sweet. I’m in love.