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We were in Shanghai this weekend – first trip in this fall other than dentist, doctor, traveling. (Having said that, the initial purpose was to have Terry’s knee examined. She has had some difficulty with it, but thankfully it is just minor tendonitis.) As usual, we had a great time. While we were in Lhasa, we met a couple from New Zealand who teach at an international school in Shanghai so we met them for dinner at Ginger on Saturday evening. Nice to meet new people and have a good meal and drink good wine!
Before we get there, though check out this girl’s nails. She was on the train with us. The bows are three dimensional and VERY glittery.
Anyway, once again we had some wonderfully amusing experiences. We caught a cab to go somewhere and while we were stopped at a light we saw this fellow. Carefully check out his “rear view mirror”.
Yes, it is a tv of some kind or other. Unbelievable.
Which car is going in which direction?
We came upon this accident on our long walk Sunday morning. We assume the truck backed into the bike rider with some force, given the state of the rear tire. The rider seemed to be okay – she was sitting up in the middle of the crowd. The interesting thing was the crowd of people in the middle of the street. It is like people have never seen an accident as it happens every time we see an accident (not often). They always seem to gather around “the victim”.
And finally this one. It takes some explanation. We often walk from our hotel to the French Concession area which has some fantastic restaurants. We take the very elaborate pedestrian walkway over Yan’An Road. If you look carefully you will see that there are 6 lanes going west. As we passed overhead, we hear, even for Shanghai, an awful lot of honking going on. As we looked down, the car in Lane 1 was waiting to make a left turn – quite a normal thing, don’t you think. However, Lane 1 is actually designed to go straight through while Lanes 2 and 3 are left turn lanes. Then, Lanes 4 and 5 go straight through and 6 is right turn. However, going in the opposite direction Lanes 1 and 2 go left, 3, 4 and 5 go straight and 6 goes right. Sporadically this occurs in Shanghai. How is one to know? Bizarre!
This photo is also a very common occurrence in Shanghai. I don’t know if it is because
- Chinese women carry purses which weigh 40 pounds or
- Young Chinese men are thrilled to have a young Chinese woman who has perhaps rejected an older rich Chinese man, so they will carry her purse no matter what or
- Chinese men like carrying purses so they find someone whose purse they can carry.
On our Sunday walk, we came upon this sculpture – a testament to modern China.
Okay, we made that up, but it seems like it could be.
We stopped at Marks and Spencers for something for something to eat (and drink). We were there for 30 minutes and the entire time she was texting and the guy with her (his head his on her right and lolling against the chair) was sound asleep. Why else would you go to a restaurant?
We have shown you photos of how the parents keep their kids contained before. This little guy’s parents were setting up their “stalls” – small tables in the subway hallways to sell their wares. The stuff comes out, he goes in.
We come across many blind Chinese Er-hu (Chinese two-string fiddle) players in our travels. Terry tells me that the blind have an incredibly developed sense of hearing. This guy was HIGHLY developed, since about 30 seconds after I dropped a 5 RMB note (85 cents) into his bucket from the great height of about 3 inches, he reached in and pulled it out. Blind, my ass!
How many WorkSafe regulations is the Paramount Hotel breaking here – laying down bedsheets on the carpets after they have been cleaned?
This is NOT the shoe of this blog. This is the shoe of Links (yes, Links – who can say), our friend who sells us our underwear. Her husband, a soldier in the Chinese army, does not approve of her choice of shoe – not good for her foot he says. However, although they were married in January of 2013 and the “wedding party” won’t actually occur until July 2014 and since she has only seen him twice since the marriage, I guess she can get away with wearing them. She puts them on at 10 am and takes them off at 10 pm and maintains that they are very comfortable the entire time. I would like to believe her, but…
Throughout Shanghai, you see many, many sculptures. Musicians, boys with pigeons on their arms, families in parks and all sorts of people lined up for the bus.
This is the “line up” just to get ON the elevator to take them upstairs to the restaurant – God knows what it would be like once you got up there.
This woman was doing her grocery shopping. Despite the pixellation, I am sure that you can see that she could blind a snake with either the heel or the point of these babies.