We’ve been in our current apartment for just over a year now and have been slowly getting to know our fellow tenants. There are four apartments on our floor and I have to say that with apartment urban living, though we are so close in proximity to each other, we rarely see one another.
After trying to get to know the other tenants, we only recently succeeded in getting to know one neighbour. Christoph and DS leave for work at the same time each day and so share the lift each morning. After many elevator rides, we invited DS over for dinner (I concluded that many people don’t do that any more, which is a great shame) and we ended up having a terrific evening together. We found out that DS heads a spice company and he found out that I like to cook, so lo and behold, I got to enjoy the ‘friends with benefits’ but not in the way that you think!
When I returned to Shanghai, this loot was waiting for me. Isn’t this the coolest neighbourly welcome home surprise ever??!!