ZHONG GUO - THE MIDDLE KINGDOM

ZHONG GUO - THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
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Feb 24, 2013

Back in the Saddle!


It's been 5 years since I last lived in 中国 or China。A week ago, I would have said, "Eh, it'll be ok to go back" and was a bundle of nerves and not particularly excited.  I was leaving behind my family, my friends, and the love of my life, John.  After being back for a few days, however, I am actually excited to be here.  China is always a big mystery no matter how many times I visit or live here.  Part of it has to do with my total lack of confidence in understanding and speaking Chinese.  I get this unnerving fear every time I step on that plane that I am going to be unable to communicate.  

Fortunately, this has not turned out to be true.  While my speaking ability is a bit lacking, my understanding/listening skills aren't so bad.  The first few days is the office went well and I understood at least a portion of what was being said.  In fact, several times, the team was like "What - you understood what we said!"  That was encouraging.  

So Saturday, Elaine was amazing and took me around to find an apartment and get a cell phone.  We had success!  I don't know what I would have done without her.  Then we went to Yu Yuan Park and the Bund.  It was a splendid day!

So below is my Beijing apartment and my Shanghai Apartment.  As you can tell, the Shanghai one is much nicer than the Beijing.  

Beijing Apartment

Shanghai Apartment

Sunday, I packed up from the Marriott and headed to the new apartment.  After unpacking, it was time to buy some food and some various sundries for the place (pots, pans, plates, forks, knives, etc).  Of course, going to a big grocery store in Jing'An was more expensive than going to the near by places close to my apartment.  I think I made one shop keepers day by spending about $20.

After getting settled in, it was time my first Chinese massage!  It was amazing!  It's also right next door to my apartment building and they do cupping for $10!  This is WAYYY less expensive than physical therapy by about 20 times!  Tomorrow night--cupping is on!

It's getting late and it took me about 2 hours to get Blogger to work, pictures uploaded, and the like.  More to come later.