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Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We made it!!!!
We are in Shanghai, with an approximate population of 20 million, that is nearly the population of Australia and we are the "foreigners".
Our flight over was comfortable and we were well looked after on Qantas (the last time was real cattle-car class on Air Asia).
We are clearly quite a sight for some of the locals. They probably don't see many families of five walking single-file down the street trying to keep out of everyone's way. I can see them looking real hard at the kids and I trying to figure out if we are Chinese or something else. To top it off we are obvious tourists trying to get around with a travel book and map and trying not to get ripped off or hawked to within an inch of our lives if we so much as make eye contact with a street seller!

The people are friendly enough and if you can get a smile it's a bonus (unless they are a street seller... just keep walking and don't say a thing).

We are living in an area that is a couple of blocks from the main pedestrian mall, East Nanjing Street,  yet close enough to all the local action to get early morning markets selling fresh food and tiny food hot stalls in the alleyways. There are also plenty of convenience stores with cold bottled water.

Our room is a bunk room of 6 beds with minimal moving space but it acutally does the job and we did have an extra person in the room the first night (odd) but then Andrew spoke to the front desk and he moved rooms. We have paid to rent the extra bed but at least we have the room to ourselves now.

The food is amazing and cheap and everyday we find a new place to eat with something else to offer, though noodles in soup with meat is a regular, the surprise is the flavour because we just point to the picture and look forward to the food.

The last two days we have been walking around to check out the Bund, the French Quarter and the Old City part of Shanghai. We have returned exhausted in the afternoons and then last night when we were ready we ventured out to find something light for dinner. No $10+ a kilo bananas here either!!

Now I will need to figure out how to put the photos on (sorry I am limited in my photography skills and camera) and how to send out this link to those I said I would!!! Trying now and Graham is trying to chat on Skype.

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Inga Wrigley on

Thanks for the add. So glad you are enjoying your travels so far. Wish I had a house to sell so we could join you...LOL! Be safe. Look forward to stalking your trip. Love you guys!!!! xox

Janis Parrish on

Great to see you mingling with the relatives. I'm looking forward to reading your adventures and having a vicarious experience.

Jenny Wright on

Tina it is great to read about the beginning of your adventure. Keep them coming, I feel excited to be part of it. Pleeeaase keep safe!

jill on

great start. keep it up. thanks for the link

Debbie (wwdd) on

Exciting times. Thanks for sharing.

Greta on

Thanks for sending me a link ... I love reading of other people's travel adventures and the photos are great! Keep them coming ...


YAY!! So happy to be reading about your Travels! Looks like you are having an awesome!!

Kerryn Hugo on

You adventurers! Has it sunk in yet that it's happening?

Bethany McGown on

Well hello shanghai invaders ! Sounds and looks like youre having a ball (felt a bit sorry for your room visitor though -lol) Shall ask Sammi tonight about the knife, and let you know, When do you leave China? Love you all greatly- xx xx

mcgown on

Beth, we leave at the end of the month. Can I send it through the mail?

Bethany Fennell on

Happy Birthday Hannah- you will never forget this one !!
Hope today is exciting and full of lovely surprises xx

Bethany McGown on

Should be fine Tina- On your proforma invoice write oriental or decorative knife- as a gift xx

karjang on

Wonderful trip.you have been traveling beautiful places.
you are welcome in Nepal.It would be your another memorable

aishatu on

Hi Dear,

It's nice to meet you, My name is Cuiymama am a friendly and caring lady and i admire good friends who are sincere and trutful, I really must say that you have a lovely profile and i like it. Would like to know more about you if you don't mind you can reach me through my email(cuiymama@yahoo.co.uk) so we can get to know more about each other and also for me to be able to send you my photos for regognition, My regards.

Your new friend,

karjang on

Thank you. i am also really glad to be frn with you.

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