As I stepped into my apartment my nose was offended by an extremely putrid smell. At first I thought nothing of it, offensive smells are not an uncommon occurrence in my building. It wasn’t until I stepped into my bathroom that I came across the most horrific sight. An exploded toilet!
Now it had been threatening to erupt for weeks like Mt Vesuvius ready to bury Pompeii. In the night I would often hear loud gurgling noises like some kind of monster living in the depths of the sewage pipes.
When this volcano finally erupted the damage was colossal and widespread. Dare I describe the contents that were flung onto the walls and floor. How bits of newspaper found themselves lodged on the wall is anyone’s guess. Apparently someone took reading the newspaper in the toilet to that next extreme level!
Now as if the day could get any worse when I came back to the apartment after a days teaching all I wanted to do was jump on Skype and vent. But alas that was not to be. The power was out and for how long who would know!
Being in the dark is great if you’re camping, sitting by the shimmering fire roasting marshmallows. Unfortunately for me my apartment lacked both campfire and marshmallows. The novelty lasted for about 30 seconds and then I realised that I would have to shower in the dark with the torch tied to a down pipe so I could see enough to not fall in the squat toilet! The power was off for a total of 19 hours and out of the whole four story building it was only mine and one other apartment without power!
To top that (I know who would of thought) the next day while doing a load of washing I walked back into the bathroom to find the floor covered in water! Somehow the drains had got completely blocked up and now my washing machine was draining straight onto my nice clean tiles leaving behind a film of black filth! At this point I’m starting to think the sewage and drainage system isn’t so good.
So in the game of Sasha Vs Chinese Apartment the score is currently sitting at 4-Apartment 1-Sasha (1 point to the apartment previously gained from the shower leaking into the living room and 1 point to me gained for redecorating). Hopefully I can gain some ground soon!
You can check out pictures of my apartment on campus in a Chinese school here.