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Trip out of Shanghai today to Suzhou about 80 km from Shanghai. 36 degrees so thankful for the coach air con. Travelled along the industrial corridor linking the two cities which was interesting in its own right. Lots of high rise apartment blocks for the workers and factories galore. All very intensive and looking efficient. Sub - text here seemingly - "Be afraid the West, be very afraid!". Certainly as ...
... with a lot of stairs.
Did I mention it was hot?
Lunch was great (there was free beer).
After lunch, we drove for 50 minutes to "Silk Street" which is supposed to be famous for lots of stores that sell silk.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a huge bust and the trip turned out to be for naught.
We wandered around some markets for a while and went to a nice lake where you can see the beautiful (smoggy) ...
... through Europe. This is very true, but I didn't have Seb to worry about then!
Since the ride took longer than expected, we quickly dropped our stuff and headed for lunch with the hopes of seeing the big attraction, the Humble Ambassador's Gardens, before it closed. Finding a place with recognizable food was not always easy in Shanghai, but at least JP and Carolina knew of the places to go there. Here, we were going blind and finding lunch was no easy feat. Pictures ...
... beautiful, but hard to do. At the end of the day, we had allowed the Canadian and Chinese students to spend time talking and building relationships. The Chinese students were extremely receptive despite their fear of making mistakes while speaking English. I know that the students felt like celebrities as their students showered ours with gifts. This reaffirmed the reason for the trip and the priceless experience ...
... Pumpkin Soup, and then we had turkey, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts in tomato sauce, pigs in blankets, sweet potato casserole and broccoli, followed by apple pie. Washed down with a glass of mulled wine and the wine that Kieran's parents had very kindly bought for us. There was so much food I had to donate some of mine to the boys who somehow still had room to keep eating even after finishing theirs. We spent hours at the Bookworm, eating, drinking and Skyping. ...