This brings me onto thinking about what this blog is actually for. As I have said previously I am mainly using this to keep a record of my studying, Kimi (my girlfriend who is eventually coming to live with me in the UK), and my memories of almost 1 year in China which I had no opportunity to blog about. But, I shouldn't stop writing about the place I live in, I have named this blog "Laowai in England" after all. I used to write a majority of blog posts about Wenzhou, so it is only natural to continue writing about the new -- but also old -- place I'm living in now.
First of all, this is my home:
|I live in the suburbs of South Manchester|
|The back garden faces a primary school|
- Central heating. The "Wen" in Wenzhou actually means warm, and it's true. Wenzhou is warm, and sometimes very very hot, and this is for most of the year. But not all of the year. From around November to March (ish), the temperature can drop. Nothing too dramatic, but when none of the apartments in the city have central heating, be prepared to wear your coat indoors (I never got used to that). Alas, I wasted plenty of money on using a tiny fan heater just to heat my feet in bed at night.
- Quietness. Something which really began to grate living in the centre of a busy city, was the noise. I was genuinely at the end of my tether when it came to being woken up for the millionth time by fireworks, car horns, shouting, alarms etc. I truly believe that silence is golden, especially at night time. I am certainly thankful for this.
- A soft mattress. I have yet to find a bed in a Chinese home that doesn't have a mattress as hard as wood. I know that a firm mattress is supposed to be much better for our bodies, but the comfort factor is 0. I want a bed to feel like it's one long hug!
- Drinkable Tap Water. Not such a big deal this one, as it's quite easy to boil up some water and drink it, and using the water when brushing teeth is not a problem really. But occasionally, I got very sick for very short periods of time, and I could only think it was one of two things: Food or Water. As I used the running water daily, and many times in a day, there was quite a chance that it was making me do horrible things to my toilet. How often have you accidentally gulped some water when washing your hair?