Men on Motor Bikes

Trip Start May 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 11, 2010

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Monday, May 24, 2010

After 17hrs we are finally here!

Looking out the window as our bus takes us from the airport to our hotel I noticed that the scenery isn't so different. I would still feel like I was in America, specifically California, if it weren't for the defined features of asian faces in the cars driving past us. Almost everyone we pass stares at us, not really in an unpleasant way, in fact its quiet welcoming. Although we can't comunicate through speech, other then my two Chinese words, of hello and thankyou and whatever small English words the Chinese citizens have learned, I feel as though they enjoy us and I can feel it in the non-verbal communication when I look into the eyes of someone smiling or waving. It's crazy how much you can read through someone's eyes. It's a whole nother level of understanding I can't describe.

We didn't do much our first day here because we are trying to get used to the 12hr time difference but there are some things I want to share with you.

My favorite part so far is how many people ride bikes and motor bikes. They are everywhere and it's not just kids riding them, it's people in business clothes, mothers and fathers with kids on the back, students, older people and higher and lower class people as well.

The hotel beds are small and hard. This statement is blunt but don't mistake it for something negative, I slept like a baby : )

Smoking is allowed inside public places, definitley something I have to get used to.

If you like spicey foods, you will love China.

Tips are not expected in China. Lyla and I got our hair washed and blown out for Y 15 (yuan) which is about $3 American dollars! I went to give the guy a tip and he didn't understand what I was doing. Woops! It's very awkward not to tip but I also learned that's it also awkward tiping when it's not expected.

People hang their clothing in the streets. It not uncomment to see underwear hanging outside on the street level.

The hotel lights are powered by the room card. You have to leave your card in an electricity sIot in order for the lights to stay on. It took all of us about 10minutes to figure out how to work the power in the room!! : 0

The best part of the day was going to the marketplace at night. It's amazing how real-life it was. There were a ton of stands with fruits and vegies as well as fish waiting to be cut up and portions of different foods waiting to be sold. We see these kinds of things in movies but being in the middle of it all really brought me to think about the reality of it. This is not a movie, this is everyday for these people and their smiling faces take my breath away.

I wrote this fast, sorry if thers mistakes.. going to spend the day in the middle of the city!



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Mary Brown on

We appreciate the updates. Your feelings are coming thru in the words you are writing and for that I thank you - it is a honor for each and every one of you and an experience of a life time-all keep welll and may God keep you all shining. You are a great example of American youth--Christine's mom and dad

Brent Sears on


Just keep writing!!! Don't worry about spelling or making mistakes. Have someone proofread posts, but don't worry about it if you don't have time.

You are capturing it!!! Your posts are interesting and you are doing a wonderful job at picking out interesting details that show what the trip is like. I am glad YOU are doing this. You're a natural blogger!

Mom & Lee on

Kate we jst watched ur videos and feel soo much better now that we have seen you!! technology is amazing!! looks like u r having a great time keep writing!! ur blogs are funny & interesting!! love & peace xoxoxo all of us @ home xoxo

Aunt Lil on


Your documentation of your travels and experience in China is fantastic! You write extremely well, with great insight. I feel as if I am right there with you!! You bring back great memories for me from my travels through Spain, Portugal and Germany! I love your videos, and have only one request...MORE MORE MORE! So proud of you and hope to see you live in person this summer in New York :)

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