Today is the first day I haven’t gone to the office with Taylor. I think this another big step for me! Last week, Taylor had an itchy throat, runny nose, and cough. Now, I have it. I decided to stay home because I knew I’d be more comfortable. There’s a big tournament going on right now, so he’ll be working all day. I wanted to put my sweats on, get some work done, and read on my own today. It’s rainy and I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, so I decided that now was the perfect time to write about our apartment!
Upon arriving in Nanjing, the MLB had an apartment ready for us to move into. We are extremely grateful that we didn’t have to go out and find something on our own, because it would’ve only added to the stress of moving.They didn’t give us any information about where we’d be living beforehand, so it was a big leap of faith. (*Please excuse the pictures! It’s very difficult to take pictures of the inside of an apartment!)
This apartment has housed a lot of previous employees, so it’s fully furnished and has pretty much everything we need. It’s not exactly our style, but it could be a lot worse and we’re making the most of it. We’re on the fourth floor and there’s three bedrooms and two baths! Plenty of room for guests! 🙂
A lot of kitchens in China are excluded from the main part of the apartment. I’m not sure why this is? It’s odd because our refrigerator is in our dining area, but the rest of the kitchen is through separate doors on its own. We don’t have a dishwasher or proper oven, but we’ve got a stove, microwave, and a small conventional oven.
The lease here runs out in September, so we’ll be moving into into a different apartment then. Although this place is fine, I’m super excited to move to a new place. It will be a lot more western and we can make it our own. You can tell this apartment has been lived in, everything’s pretty dusty, and nothing is ours besides the clothes we packed. At this point, we don’t want to go out and buy things for the apartment because it will just have to be moved. To be honest, we don’t need anything. I only want to buy things to make it feel more like home.
During our first week here, Taylor and I took a trip to IKEA and bought a duvet cover while there. We really needed this because we didn’t like the thought of sharing a comforter with a stranger. Again, once we move we can buy new sheets, etc.! We also switched out our curtains with one of the other bedrooms because the sun rises so early here. They match absolutely nothing, but they block the sunlight! 🙂
Like most apartments in China, there’s no dryer. This is a new experience for us, because most houses in America are expected to have a washer and dryer. Thankfully, our apartment has a clothesline already installed!
Just some random notes about the apartment: Although we have several TV’s, none of them work. We don’t have cable set up here, but we don’t need it. We like to hook up the laptop to the TV and use our Hulu account whenever we watch TV. There’s a portable HVAC unit in our bedroom and the living room. The WIFI is very spotty in our apartment. Some days it works and others it doesn’t. The router is hanging out of the wall with hundreds of cords, so we’re just going to leave it until we move! 🙂
Our Apartment is nothing fancy, but the location is great for us and we haven’t had any serious issues. We’re excited to move into a new place in September and make it our own!