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Published on September 30th, 2010 | by Paz

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Apartment details in China

We received an e-mail from the director of the ESL school in China regarding our contract. He mentioned that the accommodations are not 100% paid for because we will be needing family housing. So once that e-mail was received I jumped on Skype to see if he was on…YES he was.

I first have to say thank you to the inventors of Skype. What an amazing resource. So even though it was 1 pm my time and 12 am his time we were able to sort out the details of our living arrangements. Which as you can imagine is our MOST important factor. When you will be bringing over a 1 year old and a 3.5 yr old where you will be living rises to #1 on our list of things that matter. Do I wish that we could just grab a back pack and live on someones couch for a year…a part of me does, but to be able to share this with our two little munchkins is so precious that we would rather be doing this with them than with-out them. Is it harder….YES Are there not as many jobs that want us….YES Are we limited to certain areas…YES Would we ever do it without them…NOOOO! Part of our excitement is to be able to look back in 20 years and talk about our life in China. No matter if it is good, bad or indifferent it will still be ours.

So back to my topic. We found out that the apartment cost will be split because we will have a western apartment family style. We also negotiated that after 6 months they will include the apartment as a bonus if my teaching is going well and we decide to stay another 6 months. What is a “western apartment” (I will discuss living conditions in a future post) A western apartment means that there is a bathroom with a toilet that you sit on, a washer and dryer in the apartment and a tub.

We can choose between a two bedroom apartment or a three bedroom apartment depending on what we think our needs are going to be. For the moment I think a two bedroom apartment will be just fine. Our kids are small and we want to be living with less..not trying to fit our American lifestyle into China. We are going for the experience of living like a Chinese family would. You might ask well then why are you taking a “western style apartment” well that answer is very easy. We like the toilet. :) We may get very good at the squatting while going…..but with a 3.5 girl and a 1 year old boy, we have opted for the toilet.

Now we will be getting our appendix with all of our living specifics and I have sent them all of our passports to work on getting the work visa. So excited!

Do you agree with the western toilet or should we try and teach our kids to squat even at home?

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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.



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