An American in Chengdu

Move | January 13, 2010

I moved on Monday. The powers that be at the school decided that my old place was due for a complete renovation, so they moved me into another school-owned building a bit further from work. Though it’s been a huge hassle so far I think it will turn out to be for the best, as my old place didn’t get enough natural light and was moldy. I’ll get more exercise now that I live on the fifth floor instead of the first. The neighborhood is lively, with lots of little shops and old men playing cards on folding tables set up on the sidewalk. And then there are the architectural features of my building, such as a parking garage for bikes. I’ve never seen such a thing in the States, but there’s one at work, too. It’s nice to live in a place where bicycling is so common, though not so nice that leaving a (locked) bike parked on the sidewalk overnight is tantamount to kissing it goodbye.

Here are  a few picture of my new building. Once I get the apartment itself cleaned up, I’ll post pictures of it on Flickr.

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1 Comment »

  1. Well, that does sound nice. Haven’t you seen the bike parking room in my building?

    Comment by Helen — January 14, 2010 @ 8:06 am


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    About me

    I've come to Sichuan in search of adventure, fluency in Chinese, and awesome vegetarian food. I have to concede that the baby pandas are very cute.
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