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Home Sweet (Away From) Home

"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." - Bill Bryson

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We offer buckets of apologies for our lack of blogs this past month! Since arriving in Zhuhai, we have been extremely busy getting acquainted with our new jobs, new home, and new lives. Also, Internet access has been rare at best. To make up for our neglect, here are some much overdue photos of our Zhuhai apartment.

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Entryway.

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View from living room balcony. What you see is Yien Kindergarten (aka: our place of work).

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Living room.

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Living room.

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Bathroom (without western toilet).

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Bathroom (with western toilet - this is the one we use :))

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View from our bedroom balcony. What you see is the courtyard of our apartment complex.

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Our bedroom.

Our apartment (fortunately) is about a 30 second walk from the kindergarten we work at. Technically, I suppose it should be called a "dormitory" (or at least that's what everyone refers to it as), since it has 3 other bedrooms meant to house future foreign teachers. For now, though, Jake and I are the only foreign teachers, & so we have the place to ourselves.

As always, thanks for reading. :) More to come!

Posted by rovingduo 05:39 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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I'm scared of the big hole in the floor. Thank goodness you guys have no children yet. It looks shiny, white and clean. We'll want to see pics when you leave and they better look the same! Wink wink!! The courtyard looks lovely!! Stay busy and know that we all love you guys so much!!!

by Eva Husky

From the appearance of your new place it looks comfortable,roomy,and easy to maintain.I know you both are busy with the preparation of the school starting soon so thats a plus.Well take care.
love you,
Mom

by Sherri Jones

Eva: I'm actually quite used to squat toilets by now (no choice), though I have no complaints about the western toilet in the bathroom Jake & I have commandeered. On a similar note, potty training seems to begin quite early here. Once, Jake & I were strolling down the street & watched as a car swung to the curb. A woman & child rushed out, & the woman pulled down the kid's shorts for the kid to use the bathroom - right there. Just another interesting tidbit of daily life here. Yes, the courtyard is really beautiful - I love the landscaping here, such an interesting array of plants. And the air is generally pretty fresh, since we're near the ocean - much fresher than in Foshan.

Mom: Luckily the apartment is pretty easy to clean & everything - though, since there are no screens on the windows, mosquitoes ninja their way in easily. I've never had so many mosquito bites at one time - as soon as one round starts to fade, I get attacked again. But, I found some incense-smelling stuff that you burn, and it supposedly repels mosquitoes...so, we'll see how that goes. Kindergarten classes are supposed to start this Thursday, and Jake & I also start private tutoring this week. So, we've been really busy with lesson planning - wish us luck!

by rovingduo

Becky,sorry to hear about all the mosquitoes that have bitten you.I know how they can itch and be uncomfortable.I haven't see many mosquitoes here.We have though had a problem at home and even at work with gnats.They can really be annoying.Hopefully though since cooler weather is coming they will go away. Take care and thanks for the reply.love you,
mom

by Sherri Jones

Hi Jake and Becky! I enjoyed reading your list of things about China and the new pictures. Your place looks very nice, bright and cheery. They really serve meat with the head of the animal? Yikes! The bathroom thing is interesting for sure. At least you have a choice! Do people actually drive on the sidewalks? When you get back we will have to go to Buff Wild Wings and you guys can demonstrate eating wings with chopsticks! Love you, Mom

by Lucy

Lucy,

Yes, they do serve the head with the rest of the meat! Just the other night, we went to dinner with our coworkers & the waitress brought a platter heaped with roasted pork...including the head. Jake tried a piece of the head (at our boss' insistence), and I'm pretty sure he ate a bit of brain along with it.

Drivers love to use their horns here - so, whenever we're on the sidewalk, we're now trained to jump out of the way whenever we here a horn behind us. Imagine when we get back to America, where people DON'T drive on the sidewalks.

We look forward to a dinner of yummy Buffalo Wild Wings upon our return. Our chopstick skills are improving daily. Take care, & thanks for reading!

by rovingduo

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