I’ve written a bit about how much I’ve been enjoying my new job. My ideas are respected, I’m happy with the progress of my students, and I can see that I’m clearly improving the lives of many young people. But what about the downsides? Well, the biggest downside by far, is that I live in 龜山. It’s actually got a bigger population than the town where I grew up, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Since it’s a suburb and it’s only about 40 minutes away from 台北, all of the interesting people, activities and businesses go there. Here are the problems:
- There aren’t any Chinese schools for foreigners.
- There aren’t any movie theaters.
- There aren’t any gyms.
- There aren’t any 大賣場s.
- The public transportaion here is worse than where I used to live in the states. And that’s pretty bad.
- Tortillas, cheese (excluding processed and pre-wrapped), and hearty wheat breads are not for sale here.
- A friend from out of town was actually able to find out where I live by asking people on the street if they knew of a white guy with a goatee.
Now, I’m not saying I’d love to live in a HUGE city like 上海, or 北京. But, they would definitely be preferable to this. Ideally, I think I’d prefer a medium-sized city. Some place like 台中, 哈爾濱, 杭州.
All in all things, are better for me here in Guīshān than they were in Táibĕi, due to my job. But if I could have exactly the same job in one of those cities above, I’d do it for 15% less money.
What makes the perfect city to live in, and how much is it worth to you?