A Move, More Visitors, and Spring in China
There are good reasons why you haven’t found many entries for our blog recently. We have been busy with the beginning of a new term, several visitors, and our biggest excuse, the need to move quickly during the fourth week of this spring term.
The move was a big surprise for us–and probably for the dean in whose apartment we’ve been living since August. He and his family are in California where he is working on his Ph.D. He has been ordered to return to ZAFU as part of the reorganization of the university.
My last class of the week finishes at noon on Thursday. So on the first week that Barry was back from Bali, we needed to be out by that Friday for the imminent return of the dean and his family. At least we didn’t move to our 5th floor (really 6th floor since they don’t count the ground floor) choice, which was my first idea because it has the better view of the mountains and into Lin’an, a heat lamp for the shower, light wood floors that don’t show the dust, less convenient access for robbers, and a double bed instead of bunk beds for the second bedroom.
Barry’s rational mind and the condition of his knees prevailed since there is no elevator in the building. Instead we are now on the first floor–and do now have hot water in the kitchen and bathroom taps and heater/airconditioners in both bedrooms and the living room! We are able to make the apartment ours in a way we weren’t able to in the dean’s apartment. And we got to raid the 5th floor apartment (for the microwave and an end table) and the storage area (for a 2nd desk, a bookcase, an end table, and a little table and chairs for our deck so we can have meals out there when it gets warmer). We like it. The big hassle was the cleaning since no one had lived here for over a year. But we are in.
We had our first guest in our new apartment two weeks ago: our friend Melinda from Maui who is now teaching at a tourism school in Shanghai came for a visit.
Of course, we took her into Hangzhou.
We plan to visit Melinda soon in Shanghai.
Last weekend, for the Chinese Tomb Sweeping Festival, Satina came. We first met her in a village outside Chengdu, China, in 2003, when she was teaching in a college for minority east Tibetans. She is now teaching in Chengzhou, a 90-minute trip from Shanghai. This is her second visit with us.
We walked through the village next to our campus to the reservoir.
And of course, we took Satina into Hangzhou on a perfect spring day, but that is the topic of our next blog.
So our guest room has been tested and approved for your use if ever you get this way. We would love to have you visit.
And the dean and his family? They are not back yet :). Aloha, Renee