After my last post, I received many messages asking for pictures. It took me three days to figure out how to get my pictures up (VPN and internet weren't sufficient, so I had to go about it in a round-about way).
I don't much like where we're staying, but hey, it's included in Michael's tuition. Here it is:
|Sky Rainbow International Hotel. A.K.A. "Sky Rainbow Internation Hotel."|
|Shanghai, not Vegas. So. much. gold. Confusingly, stores, too. And smokers.|
|The view coming into our room. Hope you like leotard gold!|
|Our new bed (we had two twins). Obviously we moved it to make room.|
|Scary gold bed ruffle that I stuffed under the mattress.|
|The desk. How to have two people working comfortably at once is beyond me.|
|Coat rack purchase=good. Door shoe hanger=yet to be found.|
|Bathroom. Shower and tub. Don't know why.|
|Why yes, that was a window you saw in the bed picture.|
|Here's the window between room and bathroom again in daylight. Awkward.|
I have to keep asking myself, "Why a hotel?" People from Hult keep assuring us that it's going to be great and that there's just an adjustment period while they figure everything out in this new location, but I don't think that most of my strikes against hotel living will go away.
Why hotel housing is a bad idea for students:
- There's not enough storage. Especially for a couple.
- Hotel rooms make you feel like you're forever traveling (especially when there isn't room for you to unpack two of your suitcases). Long-term, that's not comfortable.
- Knowing someone could come in at any time--when you're sleeping, when you're showering, while you're out buying food--is creepy.
- There's not much that can be done to personalize the space.
- There's confusion about who does what. For example, who does something about rooms that are too dark--the university, students, or the hotel?
- If something goes wrong, you have to wait for someone else to fix it, and they'll fix it to their standards, not yours.
- Similarly, waiting for the cleaning day to have something cleaned up is lame. (You could get cleaning supplies, but where the heck would you store them?)
- There's no easy way to cook. Sharing kitchens means that you are susceptible to food disappearing, cookies burning, messes made by other people, and the lack of peaceful meals.
- Living creates more garbage than visiting. Yet we can't empty our full garbage cans anywhere.
- Security isn't any good. (We've already received prostitute cards under our door.)
- Hotel rooms are too dark for studying. (Or at least these ones are.)
- Hotel guests are the priority.
I have to keep telling myself: it's better than paying around $1000/month after already giving away everything for tuition, and better than having to find housing and furnish said housing ourselves. It's only eight months. I can stand this housing that long, right? (Moral support greatly appreciated.)