Shanghai Laurel Hotel
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Today we should have docked in the port of Shanghai but we are "fog bound". The port is closed due to the dense fog and visibility is less than 500 m. We are anchored in a ship " parking lot" with about 40 other ships of all shapes and sizes. So ...
... no passports or visas to look at or anything … then there were people selling toys and gadgets and old men smoking and stinky people squatting in open toilets. Our bags were the first out and literally as soon as we walked out of the airport, Bobby (our driver) was shouting 'Kirsty’s is that you?’ – So everything was actually quite efficient and smooth running. A woman called Kristal from Australia was already at the airport and ...
... people from other countries on our excursions and at mealtimes. We learn about travel, life in their country and, when we can coax it out of them, their opinions of our country. They appear to generally like and admire America and Americans, but they are puzzled by some of our political behavior. One opined that we still seem to be still fighting the Civil War because of the reactionary opposition to getting anything done. He wondered if those who automatically oppose everything ...
... tons of different little boutique shops. It was really cool. A few of us, myself included are getting a little sick. I am pretty sure it is from the poor air quality, especially in the dorm where we are staying. I feel great once I leave the room for the day. However, if I need to get a Zpack, they cost 10 RMB here, or less than $2US. Socialized medicine.
Happy Fourth of July! I am 12 Hrs ahead!
... level confusion, I started snapping photos. What a delightful juxtaposition of religious symbolism! What a glorious, overwhelming display of Christmas cheer! Visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, I practically skipped the rest of the way to practice.
Santy Claus been here!
I entered the rehearsal hall just in time, wished my friends happy holidays, and opened my viola case, carefully as always, ...