Monday, June 23 2014
(Pretend today is Monday!)
Rent! Today we wracked our brains trying to figure out how to pay our landlord, because we were having trouble drawing money from ATMs/banks, and without a Chinese bank account it was not possible to transfer funds easily. We eventually managed to figure it out after a whole lot of frustration and anxiety, and it is a huge relief to be able to lift that load off our minds. I was talking with a friend earlier about how it feels like Brady and I are really growing up since we’ve moved into our apartment and have to worry about paying rent, and he commented, hadn’t I already done that a few years back, when I moved to California for college and became more-or-less financially independent? While moving away from home certainly does that to/for you, to be fair Stanford has been an incredibly protective bubble, where many things are taken care of. This summer in Beijing may be challenging (and it certainly took a bit of getting used to in the beginning), but I think it’s just the right thing for me, right now.
RENT! Brady and I belted out numbers from RENT on the way home from work today, and it felt, as it almost always does, awesome to make music/noise not caring about the stares of other people. One project that we might embark on as a duo this summer is to record duets from our favorite musicals, so stay tuned for that 🙂
Music! The other day, I finished organizing my room and going through all the postcards, receipts, ticket stubs, and notes I’d hoarded over the quarter. I found my ticket stub from when I went to watch the Berlin Philharmonic play Mahler the Friday after last quarter’s finals, the Friday before I left Berlin. I hardly noticed the time go by; it was such an amazing experience, and one that I’ll keep in my heart and mind for a long, long time.
Lastly, it’s an overused phrase I know, but sometimes it’s really the small things that worm into your heart and warm you up:
- Lining the streets on the walk home are usually many trucks peddling fruits, snacks, and household items — we bought cups (hooray, we don’t have to drink from bowls anymore!) and grapes (cheap, sweet, and just about perfect) tonight and came back to the apartment carrying our haul, delighted and just a tad delirious about owning cups (cups!!!) and having fruits for supper.
- I’m beginning to learn how precious a sliver of blue sky can be. On our third day the smog cleared up a bit, and we realized that there were actually hills in the distance, just that we hadn’t been able to see them before through the smog. The smog isn’t always that bad, and after it rains the air is fresh and cool, not cloying or humid, and it’s very pleasant 🙂
Time to sleep, more updates tomorrow! We now have WiFi in the apartment, but no running water… It’s an interesting story.