Have you ever wondered what the inside of a Chinese apartment looks like? In our latest vlog we give a full tour of our tiny little apartment here in Harbin, China. In some ways it's not that different from a small apartment in Canada or the US..but in other ways it is VERY different. The biggest surprise for us was how the heating works in China..we had no idea beforehand!
Renting an apartment in China when you don't speak Chinese is fairly confusing. We relied heavily on the school's employees to translate for us and let us know how much to pay and who to pay. However, once we were set up with the apartment, we stopped using the school to help up communicate with our landlady. She doesn't speak English so our initial interactions involved a lot of miming. Lucky for us, our landlady is the nicest and most patient landlady to have ever existed.
Over the past three months we've improved our Chinese enough to make communicating with her easier. Our skills are still incredibly basic, but it's easy enough to communicate via text and just use the phone's Chinese dictionary for words we don't know. Plus emojis..there are no shortage of awesome Chinese emojis to help illustrate a concept when we can't find a word.
Storytime: Registering our address with the police
We've had three trips to the police station with our landlady and one all by ourselves (aww so grown up) because she figured we probably knew the drill.