Where do we live?

Our mailing address sounds pretty fancy:

Room 305,
EIE, School of Continuing Education
Liaoning Normal University,
850 Huanghe Road,
Dalian, Liaoning, China 116029

but that’s just where we work. Where do we actually live?

We were given a sheet of paper with our apartment address written in both Chinese and English that we could show to a taxi driver if needed. It says that our apartment address is: the little street of Liaoning Normal University, Lan Xiu Street, Huanghe Road, Shahekou District, The Red Building!

We went for lunch with one of our fellow teachers today. When he asked where we live, we described our location just off the edge of the university campus. “Oh, is yours the building where it looks like you’re entering a crack house?” he asked. Yes, I think that would be us!

We enter through a broken door and climb the narrow cement staircase to our apartment on the top floor. Many of the landings between floors are piled high with stuff. I’m not sure if it’s things that people have discarded or if the landings are just being used as extra storage space. I must admit that as we hauled our suitcases up the 67 stairs to the fifth floor the night we arrived here, I really wondered what we’d find at the top. In comparison to the stairwell, our apartment really isn’t bad at all but I’ll save that for another post.

In the meantime, let me tell you what’s going on right now. At the moment, it literally sounds like we’re living in the middle of a war zone. Today is the final day of the Chinese New Year holiday. There have been fireworks going off all around us ever since we arrived but we’re assuming that that must be coming to an end tonight because now they’re literally exploding non stop all over the neighbourhood! This started well before dark. I knew that fireworks were a big deal in China but I never imagined anything like this! I hope it comes to an end before we go to bed tonight or there won’t be any sleeping happening. I’m not holding my breath though. The first ones started going off at 6 o’clock this morning just as the sun began to come up. There are also bonfires burning on several street corners below us tonight.

I wonder how many more surprises this strange place we’ve chosen to live has in store for us?

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 03:34:00

    I love fireworks, hope you manage a couple of pictures! Thanks for the description of your living arrangements ugg, no need to worry right! As for I, I really hurt myself now please pray for my back and of course I am keeping you both in mine! Love yas

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  2. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 04:18:25

    you have been immersed in another culture literally by fire

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  3. Chrissy
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 06:43:04

    Wow! Adventure indeed!

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  4. Connie
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 09:26:10

    While you were looking at the staircase and stuff on the landings, I’m sure you were a bit apprehensive of what the apartment was going to look like. It’s not that bad because you were probably thinking it was going to be worse. LOL Good thing the place looked a bit messy, now you have the ‘penthouse’. LOL Ok… maybe not. Glad you had a safe trip!

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    • edebock
      Feb 24, 2013 @ 22:08:36

      I love that, Connie! From now on I’ll think of our apartment as the penthouse. Just think what good shape we’ll be in after we climb those stairs 2 or 3 times a day for several months!

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  5. Helen Ann Bucher
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 03:51:00

    Is your apartment the only one on the 5th floor or do you have neighboring penthouses?

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    • edebock
      Feb 25, 2013 @ 04:16:16

      There are three apartments at the top of our staircase and since there are two other entrances similar to ours, I’m assuming that each of them leads to a similar staircase with three apartments on each level.

      Reply

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