So I think that's the main drawback to moving to the campus -- we're farther away from all the things we enjoy in the city. Just as we are really getting into the swing of exploring the city by bike, we'll be moving too far away to continue doing so. At least, it will take a long bike ride to get to the city and back again. We'll see what other drawbacks only become apparent after we move.
Advantages are many. My commute (by foot and bus) is currently 40 minutes. If we move on campus, it won't take ten minutes to get from apartment to classroom. This will be especially pleasant come wintertime. We will get a better shower, instead of the weak gravity-fed trickle shower. I think we're getting running cold AND hot water. The fixtures, fittings and furniture are all better. Goodbye to the tiny toy kitchen, goodbye to the evil sofa. The campus will supply all the furniture we need -- bookshelves, desks, bed, sofa, television, washing machine. We'll be able to sit in a sofa or armchair and watch TV and read a book. Instead of three flights of stairs, there's only one -- easier on Ross's knees.
I think Ross will be taking Chinese lessons on campus so he'll have an easy commute to his classes. We'll be living on the same floor with a few other foreign teachers, who are starting to arrive in Zibo for the new semester. (At present I am the only foreign teacher on campus. The other three foreign teachers all left at the end of the semester, leaving me, as I laughingly pointed out, the SENIOR foreign teacher on campus with less than a semester here.)
We're going to have air conditioning, or so we've been promised. Whether we'll have heat in the wintertime is another question. I already know that the classrooms are so cold that people wear their coats to class in winter, and this is a fairly common thing in China's schools.
One other thing, I think we'll have fewer firecrackers. The large construction site next to our apartment complex has about ten high-rises under construction. On a regular basis they tie a large bunch of firecrackers to some cables and an overhead crane pulls the firecrackers into the air. They may be celebrating completing a floor of the high-rise or 10 accident-free days or whatever. I know it has to do with scaring away evil spirits. But it echoes through the neighborhood and even sets off car alarms. Charming and culturally colorful and all that but not always appreciated when it happens before 7:00 in the morning! I got a picture of a firecracker barrage today and I'm sorry I didn't have the camera with me so I could get video so you could hear the sound. Maybe I'll get lucky and catch it when it happens again.
So what with the move and starting classes this week, I think I'll be away from the internet for a few days. There will be a slight hiatus in posting. Happy Labor Day long weekend to you all.