However the transition was an amazing experience. Wednesday even found me sitting on top of an overfilled suitcase (packing everything back up was no easier the second time) trying to close it and not knowing where I would be sleeping that night.
Then tragedy struck! My host family would not be ready to take me in until Thursday night. Regardless, a couple hours later I was whisked away from my comfort zone and into a little vacant apartment near the campus for the night. Self revelation of the night: I don't think I will ever be able to live on my own. I will definitely need a roommate to feel comfortable. Even for one night I hated the idea that nobody else was sharing the space with me. It felt more lonely and isolated than anything I had every experienced.
No worries because the next day after hours of wandering the city with a newly found Jiaotong classmate I was on my way to a more permanent, inhabited apartment in the Pudong area of Shanghai.
Pudong is a large district of Shanghai making up the east side of the Huangpu river and across the home to some of Shanghai's best known buildings including the Oriental Pearl Tower, The Shanghai Financial Center and the the future Shanghai Tower, a ridiculously tall sky-scraper set to open to the public in 2015. Pudong is also one of the wealthiest areas of Shanghai, my host family being no exception. I am incredibly lucky to be living on the 26th floor in an amazing apartment complex in an incredible city in an incredible country. its been three weeks here already and I still have to pinch myself. I live here! I go to school here! I am so incredibly lucky to wake up every morning (even at 5am for school) and look out at the skyline of shanghai, go to school at an amazing international university and have the best opportunities to study and practice a language that has fascinated me for so long.