After a long uneventful flight from London to Shanghai we arrived without issue at our temporary accommodation. This small hotel apartment room is much better than a standard hotel room because not only is there a living area, there is also a small kitchen so that we can prepare our own meals without having to go out to restaurants each night.
After a short rest we headed to the local supermarket, Carrefour…this is when I discovered that despite my wife being Chinese we are in for some fun!
My wife has spent most if her adult life in the UK and has not actually lived by herself in China, so basically laundry detergent brands are unfamiliar to her as they are me (I remember this exact same experience when I lived in the USA 12 years ago). What should have been a quick 30 minute shop turned out to be a marathon reading labels and asking shop assistants for guidance!
Our next challenge of the afternoon was to get SIM cards for our mobile phones. Having a nice shiny iPhone 4S, I wanted to maximise its data capabilities which means I had to go with China Unicom as they are the only carrier that support 3G right now. Here are the tariffs,
I have no idea how they work or what I actually have, I just know I can make calls and access the Internet!
The day was topped of by meeting my new boss and his wife for dinner. I just hope the beer helps me sleep through the night, ready for work in the morning!
About 2 months ago I accepted a new job based in Shanghai during which time I not only prepared for the international move, but also kept up a full time job. In hindsight this was a bit too much. Most of the time my wife was not around to help and it meant that days were long and prevented us from meeting up with all our friends to say goodbye.
Today is the day we fly out to Shanghai carrying everything we need for the next few months as I am sure we won't see our shipment until January 2012. I sincerely hope we have got everything, if not then we are in big trouble! I am a bit worried because for the first time in 10 years of marriage I let her pack my bags…..
Excess baggage? My wife says no, but I think different! We will soon find out!
Location:Keach Close,United Kingdom
Today is a big day as it marks the start of our big move to China. Although we are still very much in the UK, in a few minutes time our personal belongings will be packed up and literally put on a slow boat to China.
Although I have moved internationally before, there is still something strange about having everything you own in a small metal container….your life's material achievements literally come down to a few cubic feet.
The exercise of moving has proven fruitful, not only were we able to get rid of a large amount of rubbish we had accumulated during 10 years of marriage, we were also able to enjoy various memorabilia from my childhood. I even discovered a pristine copy of the 2000th Beano!
For various reasons we will probably not see our belongings again until January, only then we will realise what we left behind! All I am worried about arriving intact is my HiFi and computing equipment, my wife is just concerned about her 27+ pairs of shoes! Keep your fingers crossed for us!