Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nǐ hǎo! We Made it Here!

Your first Chinese word:
Nǐ hǎo, which means hello.

I am so sorry for keeping everyone wondering about how we are doing. Unfortunately, when we left January 1st, we lost over a day just because of the time difference. We got here on January 3rd at 12:15am, took a 3 hour nap and went straight to our new house. As we feared, it was nowhere near ready for us to move in and we were about to become homeless.

First was the lack of heat, it took almost a week to get the floor heating to work in the house, at the most it was 15 degrees Celsius which translates into 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Floor heating uses hot water under the floors and while it is supposed to be awesome when working, boy does it seems to take a while to warm up and I guess it breaks down a lot when it gets cold. It took over 7 days to get the house warm.

One thing about Beijing is that it gets very cold, not just because of the temperatures but because of an almost complete lack of humidity. In Ohio, in the winter I think the humidity averages between 65-85%, here in Beijing it is around 10-20% and when it is cold it feels even colder. It has been -13.5C to 3C to far and the smog has been really bad.

So back to my story, it was freezing, the house was freezing, it was a total mess and nothing that was supposed to be done, per the contract, was done. Even better was that because of the New Year holiday, hubby had to work Saturday and Sunday, so I was on my own. Luckily we had hubby's downtown apartment for a few days, but come Monday the 7th we were homeless and got to spend a few days in a hotel. That first week, I got to spend all day here at the house trying to make sure things got done, and poor kiddo had to start school. It has been a bit stressful.

We also just got our internet hooked up a couple days ago and are still dealing with organizing and a laundry list of things that need to be done to the house. Right now, hubby is down with one of the property management workers, who speaks no English, looking at our boiler (hot water tank) that is supposed to be brand new, but leaking water into our mechanical room. I sure hope it is an easy fix because it keeps the house warm and gives us hot water.

I hope once things get settled to be better at keeping everyone in the loop!


  1. Ugh. I'm really glad you made it, but how frustrating all of the things that have gone wrong! I hope the water heater fix is an easy one and you can get settled into a good routine ASAP. How is your daughter doing with school?

  2. Kiddo is doing as well with school as can be expected. She had a slight mishap last week with the bus monitor just trying to throw her off the bus without me being there waiting, but luckily another mom helped and told the monitor she was not allowed to leave a small child without a parent in front of the complex, early no less. Still adjusting.