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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shanghai is Huge!

Today I went out to find my school & to take a look around the neighborhood near there, hoping to get a start on my apartment search.

I looked on Google Maps for directions from the hotel to the school. It gave me the bus route, with addresses in English & Chinese. I wrote down the names of the stops where I would have to switch buses in Chinese, grabbed my English-Chinese dictionary & a compass, & headed out the door.

Three hours later, I arrived at the school. Holy moly, but this city is huge!

Going back to the hotel, I took the subway system, which was much faster & easier to use, but it still took me an hour & a half to get back. I definitely need to find an apartment on the other side of town.

When I started out today, I thought that I would be able to find apartment buildings in the area of the school, & just walk in & ask to have a look. But it's not going to be as easy as that. Even just the area around the school is too overwhelming for me to go searching on my own. I'll have to contact a real estate agent to help me.


scott said...

Que loco! La escuela no te ayudara' en buscar un apartemiento? Por lo menos no vas a ser aburrido entonces!!

Nancy Lewis said...

Sí, hoy la escuela me presentó a una chica que me puede ayudar a encontrar apartamento. Mañana vamos a investigar algunos lugares. Ojalá encuentre algo pronto para no tener tanta distancia entre la casa y el trabajo.

Steve Skinner said...

Man, even a 1.5 hour commute is a killer in my book! On the other hand, where I live, if we have to wait for more than one cycle on a traffic signal, it’s considered a major traffic jam.