Homeless in China (And Other Genius Moves)

20 May


Ni hao!

I am sorry for the lack of communication recently but work has taken over my life!  That being said, I am starting to get into more of a flow with my schedule—so I’ll try to be a better blogger.

Do You Have Your Keys?

So on Wednesday we were winding down after a long day of sight seeing and errands, when we realized we were out of drinking water. This meant dragging ourselves off the couch to go down to the convenience store for a jug.

As we left the apartment I asked Ami, “do you have your keys?” He said that he did, so I swung the door closed. The sound of the automatic lock clicking shut was immediately followed by Ami muttering, “uhh, actually I don’t have it.”

“You’re kidding, right!?!?”

The Chinese Tim Allen

I kept my cool as we arranged for a locksmith.

The locksmith arrived and we soon learned that ours is an especially tough lock. This was made clear by the his frequent Tim Allen-style “ahrghuh???” An hour later, he reported that the only way in was to destroy the door.

We didn’t know how much our landlords would like that; so we called our friends Kari and Luke to see if we could stay with them. Thankfully they took us in and we avoided smashing down the door!

In the morning we learned that our landlords (and the spare keys) were out of town until the following day! This meant another night crashing at our friends house.

Looking back, the whole thing was pretty funny. We wouldn’t want to go though it again, but I realize things could have been worse. We are so lucky to have good friends! I’d also left my uniform at work so I didn’t need to teach in yoga-wear!

Other Genius Moves

I can’t really blame Ami for forgetting the keys; I make so many dumb mistakes every day! In Vancouver, I like to think I am the kind of person who is on top of things—but adjusting to this new city has changed that.

Just the other day I went the wrong way on the metro for 15 minutes! I wish I could say it was because it was my first time on the train, but it wasn’t—I just spaced out.

I was 20 minutes late for a class, but thankfully my Director of Studies was cool about it.

That’s it for now, but I already have more posts to share with you this week.
I am missing you all!



PS. It’s been one month since we arrived in China! Ami and I are settling in and our apartment is looking more like a home! Above is a picture of the view from our window. Call us on Skype us for a live tour 🙂


3 Responses to “Homeless in China (And Other Genius Moves)”

  1. Angie sanyal May 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I am missing you both very much and reading your blog made me miss you much more. We should make a tv series of your life in Shanghai!! Sure can be entertaining!! Everyday can be a new episode.

    Take care, loved ones

    • cecilysanyal May 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

      Hello Mum Angie! We miss you-glad you’re enjoying the posts!


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