I made it to Beijing! I was able to sleep for about 5 hours on the plane since no one else was in my row and I could lie down across three seats! We got in early and made it through customs and baggage to meet up with the group my school sent to pick us up. They took us to our apartments and talked us through several things that I have started to forget already.
My apartment has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. My bedroom has a king-sized bed and there are two twin-sized beds in the spare room. I have a living room with a couch, two armchairs, a coffee table, two end tables, a TV, and some cabinets. My dining room has a table and four chairs. The kitchen has an oven, stove, washing machine/dryer, microwave, and fridge.
The people from my school have made everything very easy. They even put some snacks in my fridge and on the kitchen counter and the apartment people brought me a basket of fruit! The school has given me some spending money which will be used to do some shopping tomorrow.
Tomorrow, the bus picks us up and takes us to breakfast at a diner (school pays for breakfast) and then we go to IKEA and an electronics store where I can buy a cell phone. I have a home phone number too and I will send out an email with that.
I can't believe I'm here. The weather is gorgeous outside. They had a big storm last night that cleaned everything up so I had great views coming in on the plane. It is in the upper 80s and sunny and clear. Now, I need to unpack all my stuff into my giant closet, take a shower, explore the complex a little (maybe), and go to bed early.