First Two Weeks in Shanghai

???????????????????????????????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).

I was craving bubble teaPeking duck

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.

The Bund!Nanjiing LuStreet meat!, I didn't eat it. Although the fiance tried to convince me to do so...So many bikes...Inside the statue park - they're pensiveCutie on a statueView of the French ConcessionCreepy bunny and horseMurals in the French ConcessionBeer and pineapple - what could be better?Heading down the French ConcessionThe fiance making out with this lovely statueDurian!


  1. Leslie! I’m so happy you started this blog so we can go on this journey with you and stay connected to you. I can’t wait to hear all about the little details and the big stuff and everything in between. Hugs & Smooches!

  2. Thanks Kelly! I’m so excited to share it all. It will definitely make it even more fun being able to have all these experiences together!

  3. Your pictures are great! Feel as if I’m right there with you-

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