I’d considered living in a hotel before. Yes that’s right … living in a hotel. It was around the time I was fed up living with housemates and thought it would have a whole host of advantages: no bills, included cleaner, free toiletries, laundry service, maintenance, room service, Internet access, TV (without need for licence), no need for furniture – I could go on. Surprisingly no one else seemed to see the obvious brilliance of my plan!
However, now I’m living in a hotel – though only for a week so it’s not quite a dream come true but it is a glimpse into how life could have been. It’s definitely got the advantages listed… although that saying about ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ certainly becomes true if you substitute ‘a problem’ for ‘wifi connection’! Apart from the difficulties in becoming a blogger with snail-paced wifi (I wish it were that fast), I could certainly get used to having my room cleaned everyday, all meals served five floors below and my commute to work taking five minutes at most (depending on lift traffic).
There are challenges to living in a Chinese hotel – the level of cleanliness might be different to what you would expect in a hotel back home and it certainly takes time to get used to not flushing tissue paper down the toilet. That said, the staff do empty the bins and replace towels/toiletries on a daily basis and I was chuffed with my free slippers to wear around the room.
Outside the room, the restaurant seemed on first glance to be a little basic but don’t judge a book by its cover – the food itself has been of a reasonable quality and aside from the simpler breakfast varies from day to day and from lunch to dinner. There is no getting away from rice though – something I’ve now eaten every lunch and dinner since our arrival. Our hotel also benefits from a free-to-use washing machine and is in close proximity to necessary local amenities including a supermarket, bank, ATM and subway lines.
I guess living in a hotel has served to further separate the notion of “what I need” from “what I want”. What I need is provided by the hotel: food, shelter, a hot shower & wifi (stretching the “I need” concept somewhat). What I want is very little and if what I want is in line with what I need then life would and could be much simpler. A wannabe minimalist (which I am content I have now achieved), I strive to live a simpler life – a move away from the consumerist Western world and into a hotel in China might just be what I had been yearning for.
Continue to follow our TEFL and China posts as we move out of our hotel and into our new accommodation. We are still unaware as to where we will be placed but then we did sign up for a bit of an adventure and that’s exactly what we’ve got!