Too small, too big, pricey high, pricey too low.
Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
54Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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On Thursday Hannah and I decided to go sub-terranean shopping. It had been a humid day and Hannah had spotted some goodies at a sub-way shopping centre at the Peoples Squrare that she wanted to check out. It was air conditioned, so that was welcomed, but no lounge chairs to rest your feet like at the DFO!! Hannah enjoyed looking for bargains, I just got discouraged because I am on a quest to find some rubber sandals/thongs with straps at the back (recommended by my sister in law, Shannon, so you don't wreck nice leather ones and you don't flick dirt and such up onto the back of your clothes) but do you think in the whole of Shanghai someone might sell nice ladies rubber sandals in Size 11??? If I ask and gesture (my attempt at sign language) if they have big size then they look at my feet and laugh and shake their heads
We saw little red with black trim classic Chanel style jacket that Hannah liked, so I casually go to touch the back of the jacket and make some kind of jesture to ask how much, and the woman shoos me away and makes some kind of noise that sounds like "too small" then points at me accusatorily and then proceeds to brush what dirt my foreign fingers might have left on her "precious jacket!!!! Rude, it wasn't even anything like a upmarket store it was a little underground market stall. They are so funny.
Later that day Andrew and I ended up finding our way to the Antiques market area. We split up, Andrew and I took a taxi and the kids took the subway. Andrew and I found it but we didn't find the kids. It poured down with rain and we took shelter in some of the old shops. Of course we found a lot of usual market items being flogged as authentic antiques. In our sheltered breaks we also found them working on furniture and items to make them look "antiquey". But Andrew enjoyed the bargaining and came away with if not authentic, interesting items. A cute (maybe jade) cicada and a butterfly. Andrew loves to use me as an excuse for not making a deal though, "wife say no! She is the boss with the money!" And they laugh you get when you offer a price "pricey too low" and of course the obligatory laugh from us when the "pricey too high". When we got back the kids had missed the market completely but we all managed to buy umbrellas. They went the next day and found the market and found some stuff.
By the end of the first week, Andrew's feet was cactus with blisters. So late Saturday night I was sent on a mercy mission to find ... Crocs!!! Only thing was I hadn't seen any Croc shops around in the sea of shops and shopping centres that is Shanghai. I went to the main pedestrian mall down from where we were staying and ducked into the first shopping centre I hadn't been into. Ground floor scan, I was on a reconaisance mission, just clothes for small Chinese women, 1st floor more things for petite people, 2nd floor .... 3rd floor I spot a Dickies store then round the corner, I hyperventilate, it's a ... Croc store. Hang on , "do you have big size? 45?" I hold my breath ... sorry no, UK 11 is the biggest size ( I tried them on and they fit me, but not much more room). So I walk away defeated, then I spot a Heron stockist (a Canadian equivilent) and yes they have his size just not as cushy as Crocs. Relief for Andrew's feet, but Croc style shoes and socks with shorts was just a look for family.
Samuel and I finally found the Natural Museum, Samuel had seen the brown tourist sign and of course it had an icon of a dinosaur on it so he had been busting to go and have a look. The sign at the cross road said 800 m and then the arrow pointed in the direction that we should head, we found it after an hour of walking, we ended up taking a picture of the sign and asking for help !! The Museum was in an old building with character and the displays were very entertaining in a 70s way and Samuel and I think that all cities should have this display as permanent fixture and let it just age.
Sunday Hannah, Campbell and I found where they meet for church. Andrew stayed back at the hostel with Samuel who wasn't feeling well. It was a like a little piece of home and even though they were strangers (alot of American families, and some Chinese families and international university students studying the language) it was comfortable and a bit of normality in this foreign land. After the meetings we were organising ourselves to get home and the YSA (young single adults) from church invited us out with them to get a bite. So we walked together to the train station and I left Hannah and Campbell with them and went back to Samuel and Andrew. They had a good time and made some new friends. One of the guys was Ian Lenaham’s nephew ( a good friend of mine), small “Mormon” world. If you don’t know people you will often know people they know.
I hope I haven't bored you. They were just moments that I wanted to share from the rest of our first week of China.