Sunday, January 10, 2010


My friend Sara and I took an overnight train from Qufu to Shanghai to start our travels. We arrived at 5:30 in the morning and were very tired after a fitful night's sleep on the train in which we finally just woke up for good at 3:15. We had just a day in Shanghai, so we went to the famous pedestrian street (Nanjing Rd) and enjoyed watching all the older folks doing tai chi, ballroom dancing, and playing badminton as the sun rose over Shanghai.

We wanted to walk along the Bund, which is a mile-long strip of riverfront with lots of old colonial style buildings. However, the World Expo is coming soon to Shanghai, and every inch of the Bund was full of construction. Loud noise, construction dust, and narrow walkways through construction sites. Not so awesome.

Then we went to the airport to catch our evening flight south.

Dear Shanghai,

We had a lot of high hopes, but I just don't think it's going to work out between us. Maybe we can try again someday.


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