Well, here are the pics of my place, as promised (courtesy of Flora, thanks!)
Entrance (my place is on the right, top and bottom windows)
I didn't know this when I moved in but in the middle of the maze of hutongs and siheyuans I live in is the solemn and serene Pudusi temple. Perfect place to go for a walk, read a book, etc. Here it is:
“Whether in a rich American corporation or a poor third world country in Asia, it is possible to bring out the nicest qualities in people by giving them security. The other side of the coin may be that people lose an edge to their personality under such a benign system.”--Holloway, "A Year in Pyongyang"