After a long ride from beijing we arrive in xiamen in the afternoon. The first destination is a shack where we intended to stay and work. We settle there while we wait for the others to arrive so we can head to dinner together.
We are in the center of old xiamen with plenty of eating places nearby. a small joint is picked and we cramm into the storage closet which has the largest table in the restaurant. After a quick dinner we move to the shack to plan for the rest of the week.
Starting with a round of introductions everyone presents their motivation and goals. The discussion turns into the merrits of open-steam before we break it off and decide to move to the apartment where some of us will stay.
It is a new complex near the coast, and a brand new apartment, in the final stages of renovation. On the 10th floor, with a sea view, from the bathroom. With three small bedrooms it is just large enough for this group. Because of the distant location and also because there is enough space for most of us, we decide to work here instead of the shack in the city center.