Saturday, June 26, 2010

There's No Stove...

...But you can't beat the location...

Nestled on Zhongguancun Lu, snugly between our old digs of Yan Bei Yuan and all the attractions we love to frequent in central Beijing, our apartment is already serving us well. Equipped with a spiral staircase (the kids' favorite) that connects two floors, our new place seems to tower over the city. Reportedly on the 15th floor, although the elevator (yes, elevator) seems to be missing a few floors, when I count from the ground windows to our apartment, we seem to be on the 12th and 13th levels. We can see for miles, especially on a clear day. Aesthetically pleasing with its modern furniture, huge east-facing windows, and key-less entry, the same old quirks of Chinese living stove (just a one-burner hot plate...guess that means I don't have to cook!), no dryer (now you know what those big windows are for!), no dish washer (again, happily we eat almost every meal out anyway). Absolutely no complaints here because, as I found out last time, these luxuries are somehow just not as critical here.

It seems that most Chinese use their homes as a place to keep their stuff and to sleep. Most of their time is spent out and about. And while the comfort of our new apartment is not standard fare (it really is quite nice), we are no exception to the "out and about" rule. Something draws us out...The excitement of the hustle and bustle makes us want to be ground level.



At 12:11 AM, Blogger Judy McMorrow-Rick Reilly Elizabeth Reilly, Anna Reilly said...

Hello Ballas! I visited your post to confirm that you found a home in Beijing for the summer. It sounds like you have returned without missing a beat! May the wind be fresh, the air cool, sights-and-sounds continually engaging and friendships renewed and formed. Enjoy! Judy Mc and all the Reillys

At 8:53 PM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Hi guys! We really have picked up where we left off, but we certainly miss having McReillys nearby...especially since our new place is about five minutes from your old digs. We think about you every time we pass Renda (which is everyday!).




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