We've been in Beijing just over one month. Newcomers for sure - but still, our everyday life here has started. In our family, the "base" of our everyday life is: The kids go to school, daddy goes to work and mommy is currently enjoying her freedom (watch this space to see if that feeling changes :-)).
We're still staying at the aparthotel so this may not be an exact typical day after we move into our apartment but I wanted to share at least an example of what a day looks like for me here in Beijing.
7 am: Breakfast is "served". We've continued our "keep it simple and have cereal" tradition :-)
7.40 am: We take the kids to the lobby and wait for the schoolbus that passes at 7.45
7.45: Kids and husband are off and I have no excuses not to go to the hotel gym and work out a bit.
8.30: Catching up with the news. All eyes on Iowa today!
10.20 am: In a taxi on my way to a meeting with the high school counsellor (about Simon's subject choices for the IB diploma course).
12.30 pm: Meeting over and I managed to have a coffee with Elke from Belgium. Now back to the city. It's a glorious day but I decide to do my nails so go to the Ginza mall close to where we're currently living. Have some lunch there. Full lunch with soup, rice, juicy meat and vegetables. All for 30 Rmb (4,20 Euros). If you avoid western restaurants, it very cheap to eat out here!!
4 pm: Passed by the supermarket and am now waiting for the kids' school bus to arrive
4.30 pm: The kids ans I take a taxi to our new apartment and meet Francesco there. It's the first time they see it and their reaction is good (phew!). Still looking very empty but here is a picture from the living room. It's on the 22nd floor.
6 pm: Stuck in traffic on our way back to the hotel
7 pm: Cooking some kind of Indian sausage dish with rice. How have I lived so long without owning a rice cooker. Am definitely buying one when we move!
8.30 pm: We have all had dinner (Francesco normally eats later as he's back from work late) and we have our traditional "family time". Tonight we watch a couple of episodes of "the Office". So funny!
10.40 pm: Rebecca is fast asleep and the parents are tired. Boys switch off the lights when you go to bed ok?