Category Archives: Living in… Shanghai
After the excitement of yesterday’s snow, we woke up to absolutely frigid temperatures today. The snow hadn’t melted overnight, but it’s this glorious soft powder-snow that’s dry. So I’m thankful it’s not that gross and grey slushy kind when it’s all half-melted! It’s actually really pretty to look at, and fascinates me to no end. I know it’s totally dull and uneventful for anyone that experiences snow every year, but hey, we come from a very temperate climate so we NEVER see snow! Thus why the novelty still hasn’t worn off and I’m so delighted with it :P
The compound where I live, with snow-capped rocks
2″ of powder-soft snow covering the grass
What’s a ‘lil ferret to do in this sort of weather? Snuggle up on the couch :)
Star, totally zonked out.
It was pretty warm last week in Shanghai.. as in, I could wear a long-sleeved top and pants, and be just fine.
Today, it snowed. Hard!
The weather dropped to -2°C (brrrrrrrr) today and it snowed non-stop. D’you know how RARE that is for Shanghai?! It was sooooo exciting. Especially considering that we don’t get snow in Australia (well, in Sydney anyway), so I was as delighted as a 5 year old kid seeing snow for the first time :P
Went out with my girl friends for a delish Italian dinner and we were like crazied tourists snapping pics afterwards, heh. It’s all so magical and lovely. Helloooooo winter!
Snug as a bug
Snow covered….. everything!
With my gf
One really annoying thing about living here? Often, you get quite dodgily-made stuff. It looks OK, but then you realise it falls apart at the drop of a hat. Arghhh.
Case in point? Our fridge.
It was provided by our landlord, and they’d obviously just gone for a cheap one so they could say a fridge was included. I’m not particularly pissed with them because we LOVE our landlords (very very very nice, accommodating people), but I suppose when there’s a shortcut, you can’t blame people for wanting to take it.
The fridge is average, because the air doesn’t distribute properly so various parts of the fridge have varying temperatures. But it’s not too bad, because we don’t cook and don’t have raw food in there anyway.
The problem is the freezer section. IT IS A FRIGGIN’ ICE CAVE!!!! Even if we keep it shut and never open it, I suppose air/moisture seeps in somehow, and solidifies on everything inside. So if we leave it for around 3-4 weeks, the ENTIRE freezer is full with snow/ice. It’s really overwhelming opening the freezer and the whole thing is solid white. And it also freezes shut all the drawers, so we pulled them out. Instead now, it just freezes the entire inside with solid ice/snow, growing at an alarming rate.
It takes almost 2 hours to hack away the ice (which poor Chris has to slave over), and is super messy because ice and water goes everywhere on the kitchen floor. And then a mere 24 hours later, all the ice starts growing back and a few weeks later, it’s completely iced shut again.
After removing some of the snow/ice in the freezer…….
looks like we’re going to have a snow fight indoors.
All tuckered out. Or rather, Misty is :P
Men and women, all seeking foreign men.
Oh to be a young, single, white male here!
Poor Chris – I’ve deprived him of all his… options :P