Okay, so it's official. I have just 17 days left at home-the comforts of my soft bed, the predictable way that my shower scalds me each morning and my regular cup of coffee will soon be a faded memory (much like Civil Procedure class...)
Happily, this minor bout of premature nostalgia is offset by the news that I have finally found a place for Allison and I to call home ! On July 27th, 4 days after we arrive in the city, Allison and I will move into our permanent Shanghai residence. It is a "homestay" apartment which means that we will be living with a host family for 3 weeks until Brandon and Olivia arrive. We get all the benefits of living in an authentic Chinese community; we can eat meals prepared by the family (and, if we prefer, with them) we will have constant access to native speakers (who are paid to be nice to us :-)), plus we don't have to do our own laundry or housekeeping. Our Chinese language skills will be fantastic- truly authentic or "di dao" (say dee daow) as the Chinese would call it.
Here are some pics of our upcoming new digs!