...and the neighborhood
12.11.2007 - 12.11.2007 18 °C
I (Fredrik) did the move while Sabrina was at work. She had not had time to pack so I just shoved her stuff into her back-pack and in bags and filled the taxi. The taxi driver looked at me in amazement and could not believe that he would just be driving me and not a whole family. I got off at the new place and as I unloaded (with the help of the taxi driver) two of the neighbors started talking to me. We had a pretty short conversation before I lugged the stuff up to the 3rd floor, but nevertheless it felt nice with their curiosity.
There is a doorman living under the stairs in the entrance. He is almost always around keeping an eye on the place, and there is supposed to exist some kind of management but I don't think they have ever cleaned the stairs. :-) Our apartment is nice though.
When you visit, the first thing you see, after having taken off your shoes and jacket (and put on your slippers), is the Living room. Working as a division between the Living room and the Diningroom/Study, is the shower. It's all glassed in an in the middle of the apartment. The kitchen is to the right and is fairly small. It has a large sink, a gas stove, an oven and a regular size refrigerator/freezer.
The fact that you can see through the shower (but not the shower curtain though) makes the apartment feel bigger and brighter. There is a pretty small wardrobe for two people, but luckily we don't have that many clothes. There is also a storage closet.
The dining room is pretty big so there is also a desk there and therefore also works as a study. We have had our friends over for a Sunday lunch, something that we hope we will be able to keep up.
The bedroom is at the far end of the apartment and there is kind off a small passage that you have to go through. It has many windows and is in the corner to the back. The bedroom has many windows and is very bright. There is also a window from the bed room in to the dining room which spreads that light in to the rest of the apartment. It's also good when it's time to get up. You can knock on it, make funny faces and annoy the one who doesn't want to get up, (me, Fredrik).
The area is in Pǔxī (浦西), downtown, which includes a pretty large chunk of the city. As we mentioned earlier the area is in the Old French Concession (法租界). You can still see the colonial influences and the buildings are lower. There are many small streets, alleyways and shops. There are many good restaurants in the area, even just outside the door or in a 200m radius are enough restaurants not to get bored of any. There are still many that we have not had time to try yet! There are small local supermarkets just around the corner, a fruit stand and DVD-salesman (open almost 24 hours). A guy who makes copies of keys, etc. There are shopping malls and shopping streets within walking distance. The only thing that is not ideal is that our gym is 15 min away.
If you want to know more, just pop by and have a look!!!
By for now,
Fredrik and Sabrina