Tuesday, August 19, 2008

so far...

I'm in Heaven. Honestly, I can't explain how much I love to travel. Especially when, (warning: a little on the sappy side here...), I get to travel with my best friend. We had a LONG flight over here and didn't get much sleep not only because we were in tiny seats but because we were talking too much. (And because I was burrowed down in my book The Count of Monte Cristo a bunch of the time...it's a good one by the way.) It's especially fun to travel with Dave when we're in a country where we tower over the majority of the population so we can spot each other easily over a crowd.

So far we've made it as far as Shanghai. We needed to be here a couple days for Dave to get some business stuff in. He's had some meetings, so I have a minute to write a few things down. First I have to post the two pictures I took on our layover in Japan for my Mom. (She had some great experiences with these "singing toilets" when we lived in Japan for a summer growing up.)Quite honestly I'm kicking myself that I didn't turn on the music so see how pleasant it was, but the bathroom was too crowded and I didn't want to bring attention to this American trying to take pictures of toilets.
I loved the picture symbol to tell you this toilet had a bidet. Isn't that a cute little bum getting washed?We got to Shanghai late at night after going on about five hours of sleep in the last three days and running through a rainstorm to catch our taxi to our hotel. But we made it safe and sound.
We're staying at this hotel right next to our old stomping grounds where we lived when we were here. This was our grocery store and I couldn't help myself from taking a picture. I wanted to go take one of the pig's heads hanging from the ceiling in the back but Dave was waiting for me so I couldn't make it back there gosh darn it.There is one part of the Olympics here in Shanghai. It was the semi finals for soccer. We got to go with Dave's work partner and his cute new wife. Love these guys. We watched Nigeria stomp all over Belgium. The part of the match that I saw when not completely overcome with jet lag was great. It was amazing to be among so many people all cheering and loving being in the hype of the Olympics. The stadium was packed and the roar of the crowd was deafening.China is certainly not at a loss for manpower. There were these guards all over the place. The security is pretty tight... ...I don't think anyone was going to get through this line of guards. You can't see too well here, but these guys went down this street as far as your eye could see.

Dave and I woke up at 5:45 this morning from jet lag and went on a great run around Pudong (where we're staying). I loved people watching as we ran...all the people out and about on bikes and men out with their carts cleaning the streets and pruning all the perfectly manicured trees and bushes lining the streets. I wish I had my camera. We keep driving past the most picturesque places and I just want to be walking around soaking it in. The only problem is we literally would be "soaking" in the humidity. It's like we're in a sauna. We're gonna come home with our pores all cleansed and glowing.

The one thing I forgot that's tough for me here is the food. Dave's sweet partner took us out to eat after the game last night and man oh man I'm just not sure I could ever get used to eating fish with their eyeballs glaring up at me from pools of oil. It sure made me feel for Dave and all the long business meals he has here filled with plate after plate of oil with a little fish or fatty meat added to it. I wish I could have taken pictures of the menu...maybe on our next meal. Red bean curd is a favorite dessert. I'm sure our meals in the states would look as different to them as theirs do to us, but man, I was pretty nervous to keep it all down as Dave kept nudging me under the table trying to get me to eat more.

Ok, gotta run. We're heading up to Beijing on the overnight sleeper train tonight and we've got a bunch to do before then...
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