But the biggest inconvenience for me is my 80 yuan per diem. As part of the agreement, we were to get a 80 yuan (about 13.5$) cash for each day for food and other expenses. We've been here for almost a week and we haven't seen any of it. I'm sure it will be worked out in the near future but it's just frustrating that it's not worked out.
With exception to my television not working, my apartment is finally in full working order. My shower was fixed yesterday and the hot water is consistent. I'm really glad that things are starting to come together at my place now.
And as an after thought, this is the first year of this program. When I signed up for this, I signed up to help start the program and to be able to roll with the punches. I've been able to work under sub optimal conditions and I will continue to until the situation changes. For this joint effort between the two universities to work, a stable program must be established. I'm part of the trial team and these are the trials that I have to go through. And even with these difficulties, I'm still very happy with my decision to go come to China for a semester.