(Ed. note: FYI My brother Dave’s PET scan came back clear. So he started chemo today. He does have fluid around his rt lung but it is not causing any breathing issues so the are hoping that it absorbs.)
Today we present you with some of that good old LSD many of you were so fond of in your younger days.
L as in Line-up
We were in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago and as we passed Marks and Spencers and The Gap, we saw this long line up on the sidewalk. It was Easter Sunday – not that the Chinese celebrate Easter, but you can’t keep them away from good dumplings. Yes dumplings. I got up on a lamp standard to get this photo. I don’t think the guy who was making a video of it from the sidewalk was impressed when I used his left shoulder to help me get up. But, he WAS standing there. Anyway, the line came out the door, swung south on to Maoming North Road for about a whack of people and then turned itself back north on Maoming North Road back to East Nanjing Road where it turned west and away it went. We figure there were over 500 people lined up. Who knew dumplings could be so desirable.
S as in Strawberry
While Terry was getting a facial done at Sanctuary (Ed. note: Why is it that every kind of cool place in Shanghai is on the fourth floor with no elevator? My favourite tattoo parlour, my favourite picture framing store, Terry’s favourite spa) While she was doing that I found myself a bar in Tian Zi Fang – one of the quirkiest places we have come across. I would say that it is about 1 square downtown Vancouver block. It houses 15 – 20 lanes with over 200 shops selling standard tourist stuff and shops selling non standard tourist stuff and a multitude of bars and restaurants. Since I am off to Ireland in a month to play some golf, I dedicated my search to finding the Bell Bar – a quiet Irish pub in the midst of chaos.
D as in Do Not Display
Saw this in CityShop – the grocery store which has everything an expat could want from home – and charges us for it.
Okay enough of a “trip” down memory lane – but you know what they say about remembering the 6os.
D is for Door to Nowhere
We went for a walk last Saturday (8.3 km) to find the Farmers Painting and Art Centre. It was open but the shopping store was closed. Came across this wall which ran for about 500 feet. Now it may look like that building is attached somehow to the wall but it isn’t. And the door is one which most people in China seem to use as their home’s front door.
D is for Daring, Drinking and Disgusting
As we near the end of our time, stay, experience, adventure, whatever, Terry has become a little emboldened. On Saturday night she went for the chicken feet and last night it was responding to a toast from our host to “ganbei” which is bottoms up. Not only was it a school night but that is a glass of not too bad red wine! No idea why she thought she had to close her eyes, though.
On Saturday night we were at the Old Wood Village Coffee House and Bar* where we met some local Jiaxing characters. They were a lot of fun – they even picked up our bill of the drinks* we had before we met them. Then they invited us to dinner last night. From the people we met on Saturday only the host was able to make it so, as they do, they invited other friends.
(Ed. note: *It was here that the owners thought they could improve profits by diluting the bottles of Glenfiddich with water.)
Now try to follow this – our host (not in pictures) is a wholesale exporter of baby’s clothing. The guy in the top photo standing is married to the woman beside me. Their business is – wait for it – a media company where you go in for a makeover to become famous. Neither Terry nor Cheryl thought they would feel comfortable putting themselves in these two’s hands. And to top it off, the guy spent an awfully long time during dinner spitting on to the floor, burping, smoking but not, thank goodness, picking his nose (not an unknown occurrence in China).
D is for Driving
We present a new, ongoing feature of our blog. It is called China: A Culture of Non-Maintenance
This is an area of lawn beside the local parking lot. When they can’t get their car out the “normal” way (Ed. note: Whatever that may be in China) they just drive over the grass or through the mud and then down the walking path. It never gets repaired.
The Shoe Blog
On our walk on Sunday (10.1 kms) we saw this young woman outside the restaurant where she worked.