This is where we live.
Yesterday we showed you our bedroom, and some of things that we were blessed with when we arrive in China. Today we will take you on a tour around the complex that we live in. To be precise, this is not officially our complex yet, but for the time being it is. This is the apartment complex where the Mosby’s live, and we are considering getting our own apartment in this same complex. As you will see below, it is really beautiful here! Last night Justin and I went for another walk, and without having to leave the main gates, we were able to walk for an hour, and not even cover half the complex.
Misty morning view
A map of the huge complex!
Plenty of areas to sit…. Read… Relax!
Ordinarily, when Justin and I run in the evenings, we will leave the complex and run into neighbouring areas. While he is not a big fan of hills and dodging people, I quite like this sometimes because it makes my run interesting. I am sure that you will see many more pictures of these paths, trees, and flowers when I go running with my camera by myself.
The building to the left is ours and it is right on the border of the complex. This means that as we exit, we do not have to walk very far to catch a taxi, or to wait for a bus. Conveniently, the bus stops right in front of our building.
Good Running Paths
Yes – I do think of everything in terms of running! It’s just so beautiful here. How can I not get excited about running around here, and taking in all of this without even leaving the area. Let me remind you, for a minute, what it was like running in Dongying. For a long time, it was barren, dead, dirty, ugly, and NOT motivating at all. In time, we found the beauty but it took months. Here in Qingdao we get to experience beauty from the beginning. When the winter comes, we will know that we have spring to look forward to. Brrrr, winter, let’s not even think about that!
Look at those balconies ~ Interesting building.
The Lake in our Complex
Above, to the bottom left of the picture, you can see a coffee shop called “Neighbor”. We have not been there yet, but I am sure that in the future we will check it out. It looks like it would have a great view of the lake and surrounding apartment buildings.
The sun setting behind the apartments
We really like these smaller complex buildings because they seem to be double story, and some of them have a garden downstairs. No doubt, we won’t need such a big place while we are living in China, but still… We like to look anyway.
Pretty forest wall surrounding a school.
I looked through the wall (picture above this one) and saw the little children singing and clapping, while sitting around tables in their classrooms. It reminded me so much of the schools we taught at in South Korea. I like the decorated walls, and soft green ground to minimize scraped knees.
I ♥ little kiddos!!
There is a grocery store, pharmacy, bakery, and even a cinema, located just a short walk from the our apartment building. This little area is inside our complex, right next to the kindergarten, and across the street from a high school. There really is almost everything that you need in this complex. For all our South African peeps – Check out the grocery store: It’s a SPAR!!!
View from our bedroom
There is a river and a lake in the complex.
Peaceful. Beautiful. Inspiring
Peaceful. Beautiful. Inspiring
That was a brief tour around our complex, well, if you consider 24 pictures brief. I apologise, I am a sucker for beautiful things, and this complex is filled with just that! Look out for more pictures when we find some undiscovered areas of the complex. Let’s hope that we find an apartment that we like in here, or that we end up in an amazing complex like this.
Thanks for taking the tour with us!