I'm finally back in Shanghai after a three-month hiatus. It didn't seem I was away for that long until I came back to our apartment and couldn't remember where I had placed things. It's also been three months since Christoph and I were in Shanghai together, now that does feel weird.
I ended up spending just over a month in Australia and loved being back 'home' for the summer. Christoph had two weeks for Chinese New Year and we spent it wisely; lots of sleeping-in for him, longs walks, yummy food and plenty of down-time in fresh air. Best of all, however, was spending time with family and friends in Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
Being able to just go to the beach was heaven. Over the years, I've really started to miss the Australian beaches and so having the freedom to squish sand between my toes and to dive into fresh salty water felt divine!
I have about a month in Shanghai before I head back to Perth to check on a project there. I will fill you in on the details once I have the full picture. What's new in Shanghai is that we will move to an apartment three floors down from the one we're currently in. It'll be slightly bigger as Christoph was suffering somewhat from not having a home office last year, so we bit the bullet and decided to shift. I also get to benefit from the new arrangements by being the recipient of a bigger kitchen...yay! It'll be a small packing job next week and we'll move on Saturday but I can't wait!