New Apartment Part III

Yes, my first blog post in ages will be about the new apartment my parents in-law have bought. As a reminder here are Part I and Part II of the new apartment blog posts. I know that there should have been some updates here in the past weeks but I was just too lazy and the weather here is just insane. Right now we even wish that it would start to rain again, yes here in North Germany where it normally rains 9 out of 10 days!

We wish for some rain clouds here!

So what is so special about the news from the new apartment in China? Remember that my in-laws had decided to move in towards the end of the year so we still could enjoy the old apartment during our holiday in April/ May. Plans changed again (who would have expected that with my in-laws!) but they changed to a rather good plan. In fact the plan is so great that my father in-law has been seen smiling in the past months, something unknown before. No they don’t sell the new apartment and no they did not win the lottery, it is something much much better for FIL.

According to the new plan MIL will move alone to the new apartment and FIL will stay in the old apartment! That is like the perfect solution for them. So FIL can finally live his way in a calm and peaceful environment while everything is clean while MIL will drown in madness and dirt after a short while. Sure it is sad that the new apartment will be ruined by my dear Chinese mother-in-law but at least her husband seems happy again. I have the feeling it is the  best thing happening to him in decades.

Crazy women dancing

As you might remember the new apartment is not the closest to the old one. By bus you need around 30 min in good conditions and up to 1 hour with traffic jams. MIL insists she will still go to her dancing lessons and evening dancing group meetings. But no, she won’t use a bus, she came up with the plan to use a rental bike! I have seen her ride a bike and I say that plan is utterly stupid. A tortoise with only one leg is faster than her bicycling. The past years we went sometimes by bike to a nearby supermarket. While I need alone roughly 7-8 minutes, I need together with my wife and pulling a bike trailer for our Nathan about 15 min. Now guess how long the same trip took when MIL was riding a bike as well…40 min! I have zero hope in her going anywhere by bike and besides she would get lost anyway and never arrive at her destination, leaving her rental bike somewhere in the middle of nowhere and call a taxi to take her home.

What do you think about my in-law’s new plan?

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20 thoughts on “New Apartment Part III”

  1. I wonder how MIL will last in the new apartment. Good that FIL can finally have some calm and peace and quiet after all these years. But maybe MIL will be on the phone to him for quite a bit. I cannot ride a bicycle because I fall off so much, so can’t comment if MIL will get around to her classes and shopping on bike… Actually, MIL is MIL and she is probably worse than me on a bicycle. Maybe MIL loved the new apartment so much she didn’t mind moving there alone.

  2. Brilliant. We’ve been in SE Asia and back to the US “recently”, felt unsettled, and tossed about, but when we ended up back in Chiang Rai, we were in a small apt – and then the one next to this opened, and he took it. We’ve been living like this for months, and it’s been great. Space is a beautiful thing.

    1. Space can be really good, especially when you were in a tiny place at first. (Like our tiny apartment in Finland). The good thing is that the new apartment is pretty far away and thus fil has same safety distance to his wife 😀

  3. Hahaha, good that your FIL is happy with this arrangement! I guess MIL will change her mind before the deal is done though! What about an electric bike instead of a regular bike? Too dangerous?

  4. It’s sad that your in-laws’ marriage has deteriorated in this way. However it’s great they will each enjoy their homes in their way. No problems for anyone about that. 🙂

    1. I think their marriage has been like this from the beginning on. My father in law went from full black hairs to first totally grey within a year of the marriage and then shortly afterwards bald. One can only imagine the stress he must have been under for the past decades

      1. You mean the divorce rate is very high among ie. your or younger generation in China? It’s quite high in North America.

      2. I mean the very high divorce rate of the younger generation / my generation in China. So many of our customers in China had at least one divorce already and most are not even 35 years old

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