Nearly everyday I have written about what we have done during the previous day, but all that information is not with me at the moment. So, you will just have to wait, and then read about my life in backwards order.
We moved into our new apartment yesterday. It is very spacious with two bedrooms and a very size-able living room. The kitchen is a bit on the small size, and the cabinet space is a little grubby, but it will do. We also have two very nice little decks which is most lovely. Amy is already planning the types of plants she wants to grow.
We also ordered our internet yesterday. Every Sunday a lady from the telephone company sets up shop in the Living Quarters office. She doesn't speak a lick of English so we had some trouble figuring out what to order and how to do it, until a very nice man recognized our language difficulties and translated for us.
We should be connected by weeks end, and then you will get all sorts of updates on the blog.
Today we also got a mobile phone. If you know me, you know I hate these things, but it seems a necessity in China. Amy actually has had one in the states for a little due to her traveling back and forth to work. I have so far completely avoided them. But here it seems to be the only way to communicate. This is doubly so as Amy and I will often be apart, and the city is so large, and the ways and means of traveling are complicated.
Still, I'm letting Amy use the one we bought (or rather the one Brian gave us) and I will wait until Amy's first pay check to obtain one for myself. I do have to admit I am a little excited by this as I would like to have a smaller camera unit so as to more privately take pictures of the humorous things we find here. For instance, on the metro we saw a sign that read:
If you are stolen, please contact the police.
How one would contact the police when one is stolen I do not know, but apparently this is proper procedure. How much funnier this would be if you saw the sign is evident, and thus the reason I won't begrudge getting a phone too much.