We’re in Shanghai! I can’t believe it’s been just over two weeks now. How exciting. One of the best things about being in Shanghai is how contemporary and exciting it really is. It feels like living in New York City, except, well, I don’t speak the language…at all… Thank God I have that fiance of mine!
While I have been to China twice before, I’ve never been to Shanghai, and I learn something new every day. For instance, it’s much more like an American city than anywhere else I’ve been in China. Also, you walk everywhere. I don’t think I’ve walked this much in my whole life. In addition, every bit of food I’ve had so far has been delicious. Admittedly, that’s probably partly due to my lovely fiance who is much more familiar with Chinese food and can actually speak the language (and who also knows where and how to get other food, which is actually amazingly easy – Dagu Lu, Wujiang Lu and Sherpa are my new best friends and favorite places to eat/order food).
We’ve explored some of the city, but there’s still so much more to see. So far I’ve been to the French Concession, The Bund, and to People’s Square. (The Marriage Market was the most fascinating part of People’s Square to me – can you imagine? Your parents/grandparents advertising your stats as great marriage material? I guess it’s the old-fashioned version of online dating.) I can’t wait to go farther. We’ve also gone out with friends these last two weekends, and that has been a blast. Every part of being here feels exhilarating. I’ve even learned to take the subway by myself! Yes, I’m proud, dammit. It’s the little things.