Here are some photos of the new place! It's on the 14th floor of a pretty old building, but the inside is (mostly) newly renovated.
This is the courtyard. We live in D area, and it's enclosed like this (our apartment is behind me in this photo). You can enter at multiple places, but you have to have an electronic key, or if you come through the main entrance the guard has to let you in. We feel pretty secure, especially since you need the key to use the elevator, too.
This is the study area. You can close the partitions or leave them open. I think this is originally supposed to be a Japanese style dining area, but we just eat on the couch. Seriously. Maybe one day we will eat like civilized people, but it's not likely to happen until we have kids. :) You can sort of see the kitchen behind the study area.
Here is the wall opposite the couch, complete with TV which I don't know how to work without Jon because everything on the remote is in Chinese. And that door to the left opens into the bathroom. My favorite feature is the fact that it's a tub which we added a shower curtain to. Many bathrooms here don't have wet/dry separation, so when you shower, everything gets wet and then you have to mop down the whole bathroom.
Here is the kitchen with two bar stools and a counter for eating area. We do occasionally use this area to eat. ;) The best thing is our fridge, because now we can keep leftovers or buy food and cook. This morning I made eggs on our waffle iron. Yum!
Right off of the kitchen we have a sliding door and a balcony. The balcony is super small and triangular shaped, but it has a washing machine which is so nice tot have! Other places we looked at you had to share, it was coin operated, or you had to go to the laundromat. Not a huge deal, but this is a big time saver for sure!
We have added a few things here in there, like these carpet squares you can buy so that your whole house isn't tile floor. Hopefully we can add a few more decorations, but I don't think we will go too crazy yet, we aren't sure if we will live here for longer than a year.
The nice thing about this place is it's really close to a bunch of places to eat, buy drinks, convenience stores, etc. So I can walk less than a kilometer and get what I need. It's also 1.5 km from where I work, and there's a super easy way to get there so I don't have to drive on major roads too much.
I've also been learning how to ride the scooter, and we might get another one so I can take one to work. It's just much easier to ride it around instead of a car. The streets are really narrow in some places and there are scooters everywhere. As a car driver, you've got to be super careful because scooters just zip in and out of everywhere. It's actually safer to ride a scooter.
Now you all know, if you want to come to Taiwan, there's a place you can stay! I can't believe I've been here a month already! I start working in a month, too! I miss my home (in Kansas and in Colorado) a lot, and learning Chinese is not easy, but I like it here so far and I think I will enjoy calling it home.