Happy New Year!
I’ve got so much to tell you but I don’t even know where to begin.
We arrived in Guangzhou on January 10. Long flight, kids were amazing and within 30 minutes of our arrival at our accommodation, my husband was out to a work dinner. No downtime – we jumped straight in!
I took the girls to their new school the very next morning bright and early, purchased uniforms and took them to class. They are both loving their new school, have made some friends and have adapted like ducks to water. Phew.
My challenges for the first few days were to find the grocery store, get a meal on the table and explore my immediate neighbourhood. I’ve had some great support and help from other Aussies here and I’m gradually starting to meet a few new people.
Overall it’s been a whirlwind and my feet haven’t quite touched the ground yet. Add to that the coldest weather in 50 years in Guangzhou and yesterday it snowed – very unusual for city with a tropical climate!
A few quick observations –
- The Chinese people have been extremely kind and helpful and I’ve already learned a few words to get by. Ni hao (hello) xie xie (pronounced sher sher – thank you), yo gwai (turn right) and zho gwai (turn left) – extremely helpful in a taxi!
- Taxis are cheaper than public transport at home. The metro system here is only 10-30 cents per ride. Winner!
- I have to learn to look right and keep right! Traffic is on the right side of the road here.
- The food is THE BEST.
- Guangzhou is an extremely modern city. Tall buildings with creative architecture, very new and futuristic.
- It’s always busy here. Traffic jams all day long.
Thanks to the cold snap, today I’m off to buy a beanie, some gloves and tights. Brrrr!
Our current accommodation is temporary and hopefully we will be moving somewhere more permanent in the next 2-3 weeks. Once that happens, the logistics company will release our shipment and my sewing machines will arrive sometime in March. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime I’ll just have to check out every fabric market this city has to offer…I went to a big one last week but it was mainly garment fabric. Hunting down quilting cottons will be my task.
The city is gearing up for the huge Chinese New Year celebrations on February 8th. It’s an exciting time to be here – 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.
Overall it’s been a great introduction and we are having a blast. Once life settles down a bit I’ll be able to get into some sort of routine and rhythm and get to more regular blogging. I’ll pop in now and then and I also owe you a book club report! That will be next!