I’m living in a Chinese slum now. My room is in a great location, and there are a ton of restaurants nearby. There are a few problems though. The walls are one layer thick of stacked bricks. They keep some of the sound outside. My room comes with a new and strange odor on a biweekly basis. The room has three decrepit desks and two chairs – one is a rat gnawed, shaky wooden chair, the other is a plastic seafoam-green stool that pinches my ass if I don’t wear jeans. My twin bed came with smelly sheets discarded by the last tenant. My slumlord offered them to me as if they were an amenity. The bed’s headboard is covered in four of the same redbull advertisements. Thanks to that, I now know the faces of the top badminton players in China. My cloth covered closet prominently displays Micky Mouse going fishing.
My toilet is mostly a hole in the floor, but luckily I do have a hot water shower. This hot water shower moves my apartment from the low class slum to the middle class slum(not to be confused with middle class chinese who live in much nicer places). Sure, fragments of my baby blue walls are chipping off every day, and sure my only direct light comes from an oversized, high-powered, florescent tube that bleaches everything in its pale light but compared to others, my place is nice.
The door, maroon and plywood, is hollow in the middle. The lock doesn’t work that well, but why it should when a good tackle would take anyone through the door. I’ve already been warned not to leave valuables in my room and been told by my slumlord that she isn’t responsible for anything that happens.
To prevent the impact of a break-in I’ve already started transferring key data to a cloud server, I take my computer with me often, and when I don’t ,I hide it behind my bed. So if someone does break-in, the damage should be minor. Hopefully.
Do you think someone will break into my apartment? I am hoping not. I am hoping the fact that I have 20 neighbors within a 10 second walk might detour any would be thieves.
So what do you think? Is living in a slum such a bad idea?