In a city of 17 million, I really lucked out with my roommate situation. I have a great place to live with two really great people.

Alexia, a young French girl, is interning with Airbus in Beijing. She's been in China since May and will be finishing her college career at a university in north Florida next year.

Vivian is Chinese and works at a local Red Cross facility as a doctor. Her boyfriend, Jun, is a police officer. It's like having your own doctor and bodyguard under one roof sometimes.

Although they both apologize for their "terrible English" that fact that they are able to say "Sorry, my English is not so good" is much better than my inability to even come close to saying "Sorry, I don't speak [insert language here]."

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