At home in China

Well, our arrival had the usual Chinese hilarity (got to apartment around 1am but access key wouldn’t work so HR & driver left us in the basement of a strange building surrounded by all our bags for about half an hour while they sought out security).  The place is nice – definitely the surrounding compound is much nicer than our place in Ningbo.  It has a garden, playground, ponds etc.  A bit sad to learn we only had 2 bedrooms as often families automatically qualify for 3.  This could make things awkward is Ms M’s dad does make it over here.  Bags not sharing!

Our compound garden with musical rocks
Our compound garden with musical rocks

Household stuff is a bit light on compared to last time. Interestingly there are 3 pillows, 4 plates and bowls but only 2 mugs.  We also have one power point in the kitchen which is placed helpfully above the sink – so the only way to use the toaster is to squeeze it in beside the sink.  All the same, very happy with our massive, arm-severing meat cleaver knife block.  Missed this when we left Ningbo lol.

Chinese kitchen - no oven, sole power point above the sink (handy for the toaster lol!) and massive wok with double burning gas hobs.
Chinese kitchen – no oven, sole power point above the sink (handy for the toaster lol!) and massive wok with double burning gas hobs.

It’s small but it’s neat.  We are up pretty high – Ms M scared the life out of me leaning over a tiny balcony rail while we were waiting for the lift.  I’d hate to be up here in an earthquake (trying not to think about that as I fall asleep…)

Home sweet China home
Home sweet China home

Interesting light switch decor:

Very lady-like light switches
Very lady-like light switches

Back to equipment: there is no broom, mop, vacuum etc.  Or kettle EEK.  But everything else seems okay.  We have to organise home wifi through the IT guy at school, and one of the other teachers has some intel on this so we will wait.  Frustrating though, as no phone, no internet.  Tried Starbucks and nearly went insane as it wouldn’t translate to English.  Fortunately a friendly westerner realised I was about to have a meltdown and came over to help!

Is shockingly muggy here.  And pollution seems pretty bad, which I’m disappointed about as my research suggested Qingdao was one of the less polluted cities in China.  If it’s this bad here, I’d hate to be in Beijing!

Our city
Our city
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