One of the things I did when I was still living in Tainan was travel with a few friends to Kaohsiung, which has a ‘monkey mountain’. A lot of monkeys run around, and they will swarm you if they hear you rattle anything that’s plastic (which one of my friends made the mistake of doing).
During the first month, I spent a lot of time walking (and biking) the city to get used to it. That’s how I always get used to new places. It also gives me an excuse to just take a lot of pictures of anything I find interesting.
There was also a parade! Which I was able to watch from my window.
The next place I started working was in Taoyuan, which is a wonderful city just an hour or so south of Taipei. It was also a wonderful place to be.