Let me preface this by saying that I really enjoy being in China, it’s a great place with so much to see, smell, taste, experience, etc. I came to China on my own accord, and have stayed here because I like it so much.
This is not meant to deter you from coming to China; it’s more of an explanation of some of the feelings you may feel if you stay in China for an extended period of time.
That being said, sometimes a lot of expats experience what we call a ‘China-Day,’ and when they come it can be anywhere from a mere annoyance to a frustrating dilemma. At the end of the day, you have to just shake it off and keep moving. You probably will laugh about it later, maybe even the same day, over a beer or something.
So the ‘meat and potatoes’ of my particular China-Day involves a lot of rain. It has been raining on and off in Shanghai a lot recently, and very humid to boot. But that’s not what was making my day turn into a China-Day.
It was raining particularly hard one day, and what was crazy was the fact that the window at a friend’s house was leaking so bad the internet cable modem was destroyed (although, who puts there modem directly below a window, anyway?). So that’s not a huge issue. But I decided to go back to my apartment to find this:
The apartment building is old, and the first floor is more like a basement. You have to walk down a slope of about a foot or so from the outside to the first floor. That first floor was flooded to right below my knee!
After a brief deliberation, I decided to take off my shoes and walk barefoot through the water to get to my 2nd floor apartment. Once I got inside and cleaned up, I just thought about how ridiculous the entire situation was.
What a day.
Living in Shanghai will give you a head-scratcher of a day every once and again, but overall it’s an awesome place to live. I’d say it might be one of the coolest places to live if you are adventurous, like to find and experience new things, and hang out in interesting places. There’s a reason they call Shanghai the Paris of the East, with its creativity and stylishness.