Well here we are – December 31, 2014. On the verge of another wild New Year’s Eve in China. Last year we were on the way to Macau with Ken and the year before in Shanghai. Tonight it is just the two of having a curry for dinner and then working on the jigsaw puzzle I got from Shelley, Rob and the boys for Christmas. I am going to break out and have more wine tonight, though.
Terry is just finishing up her blog and we will be taking some photos tomorrow to add to it, but I want to get rid of all the remaining 2014 photos, so here goes.
Signs of China
And literally right across the alley from “Appreciating” is..
Terry and Friends
Listen to ME!
I was in a Shanghai Starbucks killing some time before my cardio rehab appointment on Monday. First of all, this woman got on my nerves because she was in front of me at the till and was talking on her phone instead of ordering. I finally caught her eye and she moved aside so that I could order, which I did. She then hung up and wanted to put her order in and pay before me – that wasn’t/didn’t happen. Then she went and sat down with a man. I don’t know what their relationship was, but for the next fifteen minutes – right up until I left, he berated her – and in the Chinese way, not quietly. Her face for the entire time was what you see in these two pictures – except for when she just looked down. She never said a word. Now, I left at 10:15 to get to my 10:30 appointment and when I came back past the shop, from my one hour cardio at 12:20 (Ed. note: Yes I know – but this is China and 1 hour can easily be 2 hours) they were putting their coats on to leave. I wish I had been able to stay and see if she ever spoke.
Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
This is the view from the 22nd floor (Ed. note: Actually the 20th since there is no 4 or 14). At the bottom is the restaurant. I thought it might be interesting to jump and land in the buffet. Surprisingly, Terry didn’t agree. That painting/mosaic on the right goes all the way to the 28th floor (Ed. note: Actually the 25th, since there is no 4, 14 or 24).
I took this picture especially for you Judith. You were amazed at how the streets are so clean – and it is all because of this woman – and thousands like her. They each have a block or two and they are constantly sweeping up the leaves and litter. Must be like painting the Sydney Bridge.
Travelling in Jiaxing
The other morning on my way to the bus I spotted this car. The hood was stone cold at 7:10 am, so he likely had left it there – in the middle of the road all night. (Ed. note: Just ahead of it you can see the median.)
This bus turnaround has just been completed. Apparently, it is for one bus – the 97 which goes back and forth to the train station. Seems like a lot for one bus, but on the other hand it is where we frequently see 3, 4 or even 5 #97s lined up waiting to go. I also wonder how long before the Chinese drivers start parking their cars here. They consistently park everywhere and anywhere and . (Ed. note: See previous photo.)
Okay, I am walking bag from getting train tickets today and I come across these cars parked on the street. What is so special about them? Well, if you look at the bottom right photo there is a red dot. That is where the first ones were (photo 9, bottom left). Distance to where I took this photo is about 100 yards. Photo 4 – top right is actually two photos, both Mercedes but different cars. Photo 5 – middle left, has 2 Mercedes in the background and photo 8, middle right is the Audi in the foreground. There are 14 luxury cars here: 8 Mercedes, 3 BMWs, 2 Audis and 1 Lexus. Although I wouldn’t say this is a normal sight, it isn’t unusual either.
The Shoe Blog
First we have a guest contributor. Becky Block, one of the new teachers on staff (Ed. note: And one of the finest young teachers I have come across in my long and semi-illustrious career) spotted these in the airport on her way back from Chengdu. Thanks Ms Block
And now, the final shoes for 2014 (Ed. note: Now actually they aren’t the last, since there are a pair in Terry’s upcoming blog, but they are already in place and if we had taken the photos earlier this week that blog would have already been posted so they really don’t count. Get it?)
From Marks and Spencer cafe. This woman didn’t look too westernish too me but they were quite the boots.
We are now 4 hours and 30 minutes from 2015. Terry and Geoff want to wish all of you happiness, peace and good health for this year and the many years to come. We cannot tell you how much our friends and family mean to us. Being this far away has only reinforced our feeling for you all.
Happy New Year
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(Ed. note: From 1947, this is the only version of this song worth listening to, by the only person who could perform it properly. Although the video which goes with it isn’t what I would have chosen, it is still a good set of photos of the most beautiful woman in the world in 1947.)