It is official…we have a new apartment in Sanya (above is a glimpse of our city)! After almost two weeks of working the Chinese way to rent things (trust me…you don’t want to experience it), we have keys and a home ready for us to move into. The plan right now is to move mid August. We have a trip to Thailand at the end of this week through the first week of August, so we wanted to wait until after that.
We looked at 18 different properties, but went the one we saw first. Of course.
This apartment has the most beautiful grounds of any apartment I have ever seen…including those in America. This was one of the reasons we kept looking. We didn’t want to set ourselves apart as “those rich foreigners”. But, after seeing the other places that were all the same price, and weighing out the location of this place, and petitioning Father for His guidance, we feel an overwhelming peace that this is where we should be for the time being. To get to our complex, you have to travel down a very local, in the middle of local life, street. You enter the gate, after meeting all the security needs of the overzealous guards, only to cross a long bridge over a pretty, albeit stinky, river. Then the world opens up into the eye candy of a tropical location. There is only one way in and out of this complex, that we lovingly call “Shiney Who” (its real name is Shan Yu Hu, but if you say it fast, it sounds like shiny who, so we go with that). The girls will have free reign to roam, ride bikes, and explore. There is a lovely pool that is situated in the middle of a pond. Every inch is covered with palm trees and sidewalks. I can almost forget that I am in China.
We feel very blessed and excited to get to do life here. We are asking that we can grow relationships with our neighbors and especially with the people who live and work on the street leading into our complex.