I'm cursed. We are out of the hotel, which was something I was so looking forward to, but now after countless hours unpacking, I'm disliking the moving process. It feels like it's going to take me maybe the entire week to put everything away in our new home! Hmm.
Our move itself was quite unconventional. We hired a 22-seater bus from the hotel, had 2 bellboys help us load our 10 suitcases, 8 boxes, various bags and washing machine onto the bus and then drove to the apartment. The bus driver thought that he was picking up guests as he looked quite confused when we started to load the boxes on board, but it's China and he shrugged it off and ended up pleased that his drive wasn't going to be a long one. I travelled in our car with fragile miscellaneous items while Christoph went in the bus and sat holding onto the washing machine the entire way in case it toppled off the step! Once we arrived at the apartment, we had the 2 bellboys there help us unload and cart everything upstairs. It was quite a feat to have it all done in a day and without any hiccups.
Apart from what luggage we had in the hotel, also delivered were 7 boxes that we've had in storage in Beijing for the past 22 months. These boxes arrived completely filthy and looked like they would fall apart any minute. Luckily at the time of packing in 2014, we had the foresight to expect that the boxes may get water-logged and/or damaged, which lead us to ensure that each packed item was space-bagged or water-proofed in some way. And boy am I glad that was done! Everything has been spick and span so far.
So it's like Christmas has come early because I had completely forgotten what the boxes contained. (The main reason why I had forgotten about the contents was that we weren't sure if we would be coming back to China after our last stint, so the items were supposedly disposable if the need arose.) There's one thing to have a packing list, which we did of course, but it's another to actually see each item and remember what it meant to you. We still try to be fairly minimalistic so it seems like there is so much stuff now but in another way, I feel like we're recycling our belongings. I have a whole new wardrobe with fashion from 2 years ago but I'm guessing that no one will notice ;-)
On another note, we are now official legal residents of China and look forward to what the next few years will bring. Shanghai is still busy, demanding, challenging, changing and continuously developing, so come and have a peek if you haven't already for we won't be here forever!