Sunday, March 30 2008

Settlement

Our stuff arrived last week end. Earlier than announced.
But it was better this way. Spend the week end unpacking.
What a mess !!
It is now back to normal.
We went to some furniture shop to buy our new sofa.
Will be delivered in 15 days. So when I'll come back from France, it should be already here.
When the living room starts to look nice, I promise you I will publish a picture of it.

Question. What will we do with that big stuff the day we move again ? We will see. There is a time for everything.

Tuesday, March 4 2008

Our "garden"

Some green.
Some water, some fish.
Very feng shui.

From the window.

Wednesday, February 20 2008

About Water

Water in China smells.
Well, I guess it is like that for everyone that changing places.

Within France you can see the difference between several places. Like the pure water of my hometown, compare to the super limestone water (I am not sure of the word).

But at least, in France water is drinkable. Don't you ever think about drinking the Chinese one without boiling it.
But that is not a problem for me. What really is a problem is that it smell weird. In the coffee (god I want my Nespresso machine ! Don't know how long I'll stand this instant coffee), in the shower, in the kitchen, on the floor (cleaned up with water). Don't ask me why. I don't know. Probably need adaptation ...

I remember in Iceland, the water was really smelly too. But for different reason. A high quantity of sulfur inside makes it smell like eggs. Not very comfortable after a shower, but anyway after a while you don't notice it anymore.

I just hope it will be like that about the Chinese water.

Monday, February 18 2008

Apartment

I spent the last 2 days of the week to visit apartments.
It was funny, at least at the beginning going across the area at the back of an electric scooter.
Yes, at the beginning.
But, after two weeks of visiting either too ugly or too expensive places, I was starting to feel uncomfortable.
But finally, Saturday, we found something.

And by the end of the day, we started moving in. (yes, this was quick!)
And by the end of the next day (yesterday), Internet waves were flowing all over the apartment.

Last night was our first night in.
We are now leaving at the floor #12. I said number twelve to be precise. Because it is not the 12th floor.
There is no floor #4 in china because 4 is pronounced as "dead". But anyhow, the floor #5 (or #3b it depends) will be the 4th floor ...
And since the ground floor is the 1st floor (whereas in France the 1st floor starts after the ground floor), our 12th floor step down to the 10th floor.

Monday, February 4 2008

About Day One

Those of you that read me from a long time through my consecutive blogs know my feelings about Jetlag.
For new comers, to describe this feeling I like to refer to William Gibson's novel : Pattern Recognition.

If I remember it well, it is at the very beginning of the novel, he explains the theory of that the saw is not going as fast as the plane across the globe. So, for the time it reach you back you are "sawless".

This time, it was better. Schedule was busy, but I was quite OK. Dead tired of a day that looked like it would never end, but still standing. It was suppose to be my new beginning after all, this gives some extra energy.

So, I was in that not so bad condition that we started the day (right after landing, after a quick shower) by visiting apartments.
Oh, as you probably saw in the news, China is facing a major weather crisis. Shanghai itself is just vaguely white of snow. Nothing much, but something that it not common here.
Well, we are suppose to take the plane tomorrow, we will see if it affects us.

So so far, it was just the cold that we had to face. Not a big deal for everyday life, since you are most of the time in a car (taxi), metro, or inside some buildings. But it gets harder when you have to cross a part of a district, walking between several potential apartments, weakened down by the lake of food (small breakfast in the plane, long hours ago).

We visited about 5 or 7 apartments cannot really tell. They all seems to be design on the same pattern. But I can be wrong. I still amazed about how fast new things turns old and looks like ruins, in China. Humidity, materials ? I don't know. But it means we have to look for really new buildings/apartments.

After that day, localizing point on the map, I started to put a face on Shanghai. Ya, I mean it looks more human now. Not the enormous super city if you look at the entire city area. So far, just focused on the center (one of them I guess). At least it will be "our" center, since it is my wife's working area and soon to be our living area.

Sunday, February 3 2008

Landed

End of the first day.
Safely arrived there/here.

It is colder than Paris, but this is how I like it. Better than the 40°C I experienced once.
So today, it was basically about visiting apartments.
I will talk about that later on.

Time to adjust to local timezone.