Xiamen Apartment (2012)
and our "moving experience" when
relocating to Xiamen from nearby Zhangzhou Development Zone
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Here are a few photos to show the apartment we moved to
before Michael's second year of teaching at Xiamen University. For a map
showing where we moved from, click here, and for
neighborhood photos and a
map showing the way to this apartment, click here.
When you enter (that's the front door on the
left), this is the room you see first. The furniture came with the
apartment, and it is quite comfortable. Since neither of us like steps,
we're glad that we are on the second floor.
The kitchen is narrow, but it has good counter-space (you
can see our rice cooker, toaster
oven and microwave on the right). It is nice to have so many cabinets,
unlike our previous apartment. We had to fight off the roaches who used to
call this room home, but overall it is a nice kitchen.
The front door is on the right; straight ahead is the large
bathroom (with a shower). Just past the "lending library" is Michael's
office, and the corner door is a storage room. (If you visit, you can
borrow any of the books or movies in this "library"--just ask!)
Standing in the corner by the main bathroom (in the center of the left photo), you
can see how large the "great room" is! We have a projector that can fill
this white wall with our favorite movies, and lots of space for visiting
students and friends! The clothes washer is on the (first) balcony, behind
the row of chairs (set for our first party!).
Here is the master bedroom, with Vivian's desk in the
corner. There is a small bathroom just to the left of this photo, and we
dry our clothes on the (second) balcony behind the dark curtains.
Michael's office, with lots of space for books and computer or class-prep
work. This room also has a bed that
we've already used with overnight guests.
This good-looking group was the first to visit our Xiamen
apartment in the summer of 2012; they came to our "house warming party"
where we sang a bit, enjoyed eating tacos and fruit, and spent some time
praying for a blessing on the home and all who enter here. Come visit us
to see if these prayers worked! We're sure you will sense a peaceful and
A Moving Experience
Below is a montage of our move from the
Zhang-zhou Development Zone to Xiamen.
The process began with visits to a
number of apartments in Xiamen. If they weren't too expensive, they were
too small, too dirty, too noisy, etc. But the Hand of Providence finally
smiled upon us and we found a nice, large (though still expensive) place
near the XMU Hai-yun campus. In the next photo,
students help us finish packing. Several even made the trip with us on
moving day. What a great bunch of students!!
A student had helped us hire the
Pigeon Moving Company, and they swore that they would bring an enclosed
truck. I had insisted because things had gotten wet in a previous move.
You can imagine our disappointment when this flat-bed truck arrived. They
promised that it wouldn't rain (who did they think they were, to make such
a promise?), and since we really had no choice, we loaded the truck. (By
the way, it DID rain, but very lightly and only for a few minutes. We
thank God for that!!)
We didn't want to trust everything
to the moving company--again, due to bad experiences of moving in the
past. So the next picture shows seven suitcases that went with
student-volunteers via ferry,
while Michael accompanied the moving vans on the vehicle
ferry. Fearing that everything would not fit into one truck, we actually
ordered two vans; when almost everything had been packed onto the flat bed, low
and behold, an enclosed truck showed up! If they had sent that one
first, I'm sure everything would have fit inside, and I wouldn't have
had to worry about rain. Oh well!
Below that, you see the flat truck
on the ferry, also shown in the next picture. The movers were strong and
professional, so it didn't take them long to unload everything into our
new apartment (during that light rain I mentioned). Yes, there were lots
of boxes--many containing books and DVDs, including a large number that we
loan out to students/friends.
With students so far away, and
about to leave for the summer, we knew we would be on our own to unpack
and clean--except for Ms. Huang, a "friend of a friend" who worked very
hard to help us battle roaches and clean the dirty kitchen.
To see how the apartment looks
with the boxes empty, scroll to the top of this page!
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