Go, go Mo!
25th Feb 2010 - China
Yup, still in China!!
So after yesterday's less than exciting experience I ended up sleeping pretty late (for me) and lazying around the hostle all morning. It was raining cats and dogs outside so I wasn't so inclined to go anywhere seeing as how I forgot to pack an umbrella and all. That was ok though. Quick side note, in in the same hostel in the same room as the one I stayed in the first time I was in Shanghai.
When the rain finally let up I was motivated by hunger and thirst to get up and get going. I didn't get bottled water last night before checking in either, so I had to do that too. Boooo-ring.
After the errands were done (like I live here heh heh) I decided to take a walk over to the shanghai oceanarium and aquarium to check it out. It was super cool in there. I mean, really very super cool. It's not as big as the Chicago one, and doesn't have as many fish, but the exhibits they do have are real cool. They have large aquariums shaped like domes/tunnels that you can either walk through or take the moving floor through. Yes, you read that right... They have those people mover floors in the aquarium so you don't have to be distracted by anything-not even walking. You know I took 98 pictures of that alone. I also stood on it and let it haul my ass around.
Once you go through the whole thing they dump you out into the gift store (every parent's nightmare) and there was no haggling to be had... But I got something anyway :)
By the time I left it had started to rain again. Luckily for me, the street was full of Umbrella Salesmen and I was able to score one pretty easy. He tried to make me pay 20Y for one and when I laughed at him he said 'ok ok 10 you take.' I took the few yuan I had in my pocket, showed him what I had and he gave it to me for that. O_O
Then I headed back to my hood and went into the first picture menu place I could find. I almost got the frog but ''mao mao!!" (they were out). So I got this duck dish and some fried pumpkin ball thing instead. Picking from the picture worked out ok this time. The duck thing came in a fancy contraption that they lit some coals under and it bubbled and boiled at my table. It was really hot and spicy and good. The pumpkin things were good too.
All of the cooks came out and sat at a table in the back corner while they weren't making something and they spent their time watching me eat. It's weird eating in front of an audience. Thank god for my mad chopstick skills. Too bad all the bones were present and accounted for an I had to spend most of my time spitting bones onto my plate. Not hot.
Speaking of staring people, on the shuttle bus to the plane last night there were two men standing right next to me, talking about me. They'd lean onerous, look at my ticket, look at each other, try to say my name, point, laugh. It was pretty awkward. I know there was no harm meant but pretty weird anyways.
What else... I came back and hung out with my newest roommate. She was really sweet and was very excited to try out her English on me. We talked for quite awhile and she might be my new favorite person... And it doesnt have anything to do with her shock when I told her I'm 32 or that she said I look her age (23). Then she went out for a walk and I'm back to just wanting to relax.
I was thinking about taking a train to Suzhou or Hangzhou or Nanging tomorrow but the guide book makes them all seem pretty lame. I suppose if I wake up early I'll decide then. Otherwise, I'll just go to the Old City here and check out those gardens and temples. I'm getting lazier the closer my departure day comes. I'm leaving the 27th and can not believe how fast 2 weeks have gone! Probably not for Kate though :)
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