So...I didn't stay in CQ in the end, I've moved to another city completely. I'm in Jiangsu, which is about 3 hours away (by train) from Shanghai.

I came with Emirates. They're a nice airline! I have found the secret to good food on planes - always order the vegetarian in advance! You get fed before everyone else and you actually get good food! I got a sandwich on the flight from Dubai to Shanghai which was very nice, and asparagus in white sauce with pasta on the flight from Heathrow, which was absolutely delicious!!

I got to Shanghai and found Rebecca, the teacher meeting me. She had a sign with my name on! No-one's ever had a sign for me at the airport. I felt really special!!

Yesterday i got a tour of the campus. It's bigger than Hechuan and more attractive. It's newer (mostly built in 2002) and has more modern buildings. They have decent aircon in the language labs, which is an excellent start!!

Today i went shopping and spent a fortune on stuff for the apartment. I've got a one bedroom apartment to myself. It's a proper double sized bed. Rock hard, but comfortable. I sent some of my bedding from Chongqing to here before i left, so it was nice to have my own bedding to put on my bed. The room is huge! I feel a bit lost in the middle of it. The living room/kitchen is open plan and the kitchen is a little small. It will feel even smaller when i get my oven!



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