Fifth dimension on the left

Trip Start Aug 29, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lesson #1: Never try to move to China with a bag that is too heavy for you to carry.

People will stare at you if you kick it down the two flights of stairs to get to the subway platform. You think, "Maybe it would be easier for you, Sarah, if you didn't do it during rush hour." Unfortunately, IT'S ALWAYS RUSH HOUR!

Dragging my bags around apartment complexes (see 08-30-2012 picture) in 88 degree heat, I finally found the apartment door. I opened the electrical closet to find the key and...of course...there was no key to be found! Good thing I asked for the wifi password so I could sit in the hallway like a creeper and contact my friends. My Canadian savior was here with the key in less than 5 minutes :D Shout out to Tina for calling him as I panicked and taking me out for Macao hot pot that night!!!

Lesson #2: On the day that you have to register with the police, don't plan on doing anything else.

The police station is harder to find than platform nine and three quarters. I personally found 3.5 (2 stations that were in the wrong districts, an abandoned station that had recently moved, and the ridiculously crowded one that I waited in for an hour and a half).

Lesson #3: Real Estate Agents are Superheroes.
I tried to get an apartment without an agent. I tried really hard. I actually found one this morning! It was just a short walk from my work, I only had to sign until December, and it was a bargain at only 1850 yuan/month ($291)!!! I called back 15 minutes after seeing it only to find out it had been taken.

It was time to call the Amazing Julia Zheng. I knew she was a legit Shanghai real estate agent because the first apartment she showed me was the dirtiest, the dirtiest place I've ever seen, occupied by three male French artists. Yeah right, Julia. I know not to take the first place I see even though I'm desperate to move by tomorrow.

Next thing I know I'm flying down the interstate on the back of Julia's motorbike. Woooohoooo!!! The second place is the cleanest place I've ever seen, occupied by a French guy and a Japanese guy. Hmm. Maybe I'll live here, Julia, but let's see the third place.

Place number three. Oh, I could write sonnets about place number three! It's on Jiaozhou Road by the Changshou Metro Station. Big, clean, homey 11th floor (out of 13) apartment. My giant room overlooks Suzhou Creek. My new roommates as of tomorrow are a Shanghainese girl and an American guy. Kelly, the Shanghainese girl, is very sweet. I told her the story about how I can't buy a towel because there's no room in my bag and I don't want to move it and she said I could just borrow one of hers, haha. 

Needless to say, I'm moving in tomorrow!!! Hello, Sarah's new home!!! 

P.S. Check out my other daily photographs at the bottom of the page!
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