I've been living with my wife and her mum for a month now. We're all slowly getting used to each other though it obviously requires a lot of patience and understanding for all concerned. I sometimes do things which Chinese culture deems pretty disgusting (such as drying washed dishes with a tea towel, not rinsing my underwear after removing it from the washing machine or putting tissues back into my pocket for a second nose-blow later!). And I, in turn, find some household routines a bit bizarre (such as "saving water" by not washing with the solar-heated tap water, but boiling up a kettle on the gas stove instead!?). Some things I quite like though. The weekly cleaners who spend a couple of hours washing the floors and dusting. The tree-shaded courtyard outside the house where the local community walk with their kids, play badminton and smile at me as I run around the oval 30+ times! And not many houses in the UK have an altar inside, either. Ava keeps this one [see photo] as a memorial to her much-loved Gran who died a couple of years ago. It all takes a bit of getting used to and I think 3 weeks in the UK will help me get it all in perspective. We fly in just a couple of days.
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