Somerset Grand Shanghai
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... iPhone. Only for computers." These gadgets surprised me not by their technical sophistication, but by the willingness of their inventors/producers to use their intelligence this way. There was a loud "gonnnnng" sound from across street that drew my attention. I looked and saw two waiters holding clubs and striking a huge gong hanging in front of a restaurant called Ho House Lao Main (和府捞面). "Gonnnng! Gonnnng! Gonnnng!" The waiters dressed ...
... craving fixed prices by the end of the day, but had fun nonetheless.
That evening we made our way to Xin Tian Di, an urban attraction and a fashionable pedestrian street composed of Shikumen and modern architecture style. The area is unique because of the manner in which its constructed. It retains the antique walls, tiles and exterior of Shikumen housing of old Shanghai. On the other hand, the interior is a totally different world of international bars and cafes. We had ...
... and washing machine.
Dinner? Asked reception where to to go for supermarket. Got lost briefly but shop assistants willingly pointed out our errors and soon we were buying Anchor milk, Mainland cheese, and Heinz baked beans. A break from the Asian flavours of the last few weeks.
Next day we were recommended a tourist trail in the city. Armed with 3 day metro pass (a protection for wrong decisions!) we set off to find the famous "Walking Street".We got off too ...
... feroshually ripped off on buying a SIM card for my phone. But eventually got it going once I bought some data and our lovely concierge set it up for me. Glad to be on our lovely cool room having a relax. Onto our German restaurant for tea, fingers crossed we like German food.!.
so as it happens we werent that ripped off at all so that is ok. and will not need to go back to any german restaurant any time ever! it was disgracefully overpriced and ...
... we couldn't retrieve when in possession of Leslie's phone, but another teacher is still missing. Supposedly he'll be fired upon return - his disappearing acts have been numerous - but only time will tell. I'm glad I'm not here working.
Leslie has arranged a sign up sheet for students who would like to meet up with me for lunch in the cafeteria and the wee list contains only the top students, plus dear brave Tim. Annie Wu from the train station, Anne Zou in her hollow ...