The snake I’m referring to is Andy, but more on that later….
This was our last day in Shanghai. We sorta took a morjority of the time planning our itinerary. But we ended up setting up our flights from Shanghai to Beijing, Beijing to Xi’an, then Xi’an to Nanjing (where Kacey begins her program). We used C-trip (thanks for the recommendation Renee!)
Our flights were so cheap. We flew from Shanghai to Beijing (2 hr. flight) for $44!! The cheapest train tickets would have taken us a little over 20 hours.
I think I will leave Nanjing a little early and head back to Shanghai, there are still some cities I ‘d like to see. I thought I’d see Suzhou, but I’ve heard from other hostelites (?) that Hangzhou is definitely the jewel of China. Ughh, guess I’ll have to try both. After we booked, planned, and skyped our parents to let them know we were alive, we tried to go to the museum. We meandered, and got lost. Once we found the Museum we wanted, it was closed. Fyi, there are many museums; there is a shanghai art museum and shanghai museum that are wthin close proximity. We wanted Shanghai museum (free) with over 1000 art artifacts.
Not letting our disappointment get us down we asked around, we decided that we should go to the expo center (the only thing that’d be open that we haven’t done). It was kinda cool taking the metro to what looked like the middle of nowhere. Btw, I’m loving the street names. My favorite station stop is Yaohua street or “yaohua da” it’s just fun to say.
I guess the expo was this prism looking oblong structure that lighted up. It was in this deserted mall. Other than the lights, it looked really dead inside. The few stores that were open were all to eager to talk with us and take our order. I was overwhelmed. Not knowing Chinese we had 3 people on us at a time, all talking to us (probably because we were American, assumed we had money…wrong!) but the exhibit at the expo was interesting, these splattered paint structures.
Definitley though, the coolest part about our last night in Shanghai was meeting the hostelites. We met this gregarious guy John. He was from Texas, kinda big, really expressive (pretty sure he was gay).
Me: “which city in China do you like the most?”
John: “*sigh* that’s tough…Shanghai is def a close second, but Hong Kong is my baby” ha! He was so fun to talk to.
Then that just opened the door to meeting like 16 more people from the hostel. One of them was Julie, a woman teaching French here (In China, I know! They’re going to know everything! 0.O). she was really dispelled any reservations I had about traveling alone and learning a new language. (I hate not having a facebook and meeting all these people!) We all ended up going out together to celebrate this Chinese guy Andy’s birthday. He turned 24!!
On our way to the club, Kacey started teaching him some American slang. We started teaching him to say “what’s crackin?” it was so funny, we all laughed so hard. Then we were teaching him to say “goo huskies!” extra points if he was able to throw up some dubs (you’re welcome Seattle). He and his friend started teaching us some Chinese curse words in Shanghai-nese but I don’t remember anymore. The sounds were very strange.
I really like Chinese clubs, the music is awesome. Mostly American pop hits mixed with a dubstep beat. For me, the best part was when this Chinese guy tried to speak with me in English. I couldn’t really tell where the conversation was going at first, and then he asked “you go make happy time?” 0.0 …. I just laughed awkwardly and fled
- *oh, btw the song Gangdam style is still popular here. It plays everywhere, clubs, stores and on the street. Me and Kacey did the dance move across the crosswalk haha!*
Ended up sharing a cab with our roommate Don. (we wanted to give him a new name, not sure how he came up with that). Didn’t really get to know him that well, but he was so nice. He wouldn’t let me pay for cab
“no, I pay because I gentleman”—Don
I’m really going to miss Shanghai and the people we met, it’d be nice to cross paths again.
After we came back we got 4 hours of sleep and then we were off to Beijing!
will try to post pics later, not much for this entry