26 August 2013

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Things of note in the last four days:
  • The cigarette smoke isn't so bad on the streets of Shanghai;  I've only seen one woman smoke; no one following the restrictions to not smoke in public areas like restaurants is a miserable, miserable thing that makes me feel like my throat is going to kill me.
  • It took way too long to find soap that actually smelled good at the supermarket around the corner.
  • I thought my junior high uniforms were bad. Nope.
  • Either the wheat here is whiter than in the U.S., or "whole wheat bread" is not whole wheat.
  • My feet are troubling me again from all the walking, and so I either have to suffer with painful feet and pants, or dresses and shoes that aren't so good. I just can't get myself to wear running shoes with a dress.
  • I can't wait to cook our own food. It's been hard to really like anything we've had. We're still waiting for the kitchen to be completed.
  • We met Michael's cousins. One helped us with getting our phones set up and then we had dinner at a Sichuan restaurant since I told him I like spicy food.
  • Dim sum at Din Tai Fung is the best Chinese we've had yet.
  • Tianzifang in the French Concession is a darling little area.
  • Downpours last about 30 minutes. Sometimes they cool down the air, sometimes they don't.
  • Umbrellas here are so cute, as are the women's clothing stores. I think Heidi might go crazy-happy.
  • The movie Shanghai Calling is good, though the initial behavior of the expat made me wince.
  • We received a bed to replace the smaller two, but we're still desperately in need of more storage space.
  • Michael can read Chinese, but I'm better at maps (as long as I have the pinyin names).
  • Pancake sandwiches with red bean filling exist. I just want to separate them and put maple syrup on them.
  • I have yet to hear the sigh of relief from a Chinese person as they step onto the air-conditioned Metro, but I know it's there.
  • Xue cai yu shi (sp?) is good Taiwanese food.


  1. I'm bummed you haven't found any food you like in Shanghai yet! I loved the food while I was there. Have you found a street vendor that does dumplings or you tiao (or oil sticks)?

  2. Oh, and this reminded me of how in Japan (2 hours south of Tokyo), my favorite food was the cheap ramen-like noodles in a cup from the top shop (bodega) right below our apartment.