Greetings from Shanghai and our new home! I got back from Australia 8 days ago and spent the time packing, moving and now unpacking... the joys... not.
We were very happy in our last place but our rental agreement was up for renewal and the owner wasn’t being reasonable. The rental increase was too much and the owner would only extend for a year which meant that we would have to go through the whole negotiation process again and too soon for our liking. In the meantime, however, Shanghai had built quite a few new serviced apartments which lead me to spend two weeks in November last year apartment-hunting. Not only did I find something suitable but it was also lower in rent! Yay!
Even though the building is new, the reason for the lower rent is the location. There isn’t a convenient subway station close by, but one will open towards the end of the year. There will also be a fully-equipped gym available, but that will also only open towards the end of the year. It seems we like to move into places that are construction sites which then turn out really nice by the time we leave. Aya.
On a domestic note, I have been completely spoiled and had a dishwashing machine in the last two apartments in Shanghai. Now we have to wash by hand; the hardship!!! hihi Other than that, everything else is as it should be. We are very comfortable and should be all set in another week or so. I still have about 6 boxes left to unpack. I’m doing one per day from now on as Shanghai life has taken hold with each day being filled with teaching craft classes, cultural awareness training, hospital volunteering and manning phones. Just the way it should be ;o)