As I start writing this, we are 212 hours from taking off for the last time from China (Ed. note: Air Traffic Control willing). Where have the three years gone? Perhaps more importantly, has it really been three weeks since we last published a blog? Even then, the last two were about Ireland, not Jiaxing.
So what have we been up to? Truly, not much. We have commented to many people that what blew our minds three years ago is now so commonplace that we barely notice, let alone feel it is worth commenting or writing about. From parking to driving, from hawking to spitting, from shoes to outfits, from house sets to mini mini skirts, it has become just our normal world. How will we ever acclimatize ourselves to the quiet and sedate Port Coquitlam world? We may not know for sure but we are sure as hell are looking forward to it!
And now some photos as we drift toward June 29.
A new high end mall has just opened up in Jiaxing. (Ed. note: There must be four or five of them now.) On a Saturday afternoon at 1:00 this is the view:
The Shanghaiites come to visit. The Bevis-Jackson family was out to deliver some wine to us a couple of weeks ago. We met them at the hotel and when we entered the lobby, the bridal party reception line was in full swing. We had a drink and 45 minutes later left to go to the restaurant. They were still there – Matthew, with a little coaxing, was all over it in my tradition of getting in as many photos with strangers as possible!
We took four of the five bottles they delivered to the Teriyaki Francaise Restaurant. None of them left – but we did go back to their hotel and consume the fifth. Poor little Zander fell asleep while we were having a drink at the hotel – Rob carried him to the restaurant, laid him out on the two chairs for the duration of dinner, then carried him back and put him to bed. He never woke. I think I remember that kind of sleep.
The next day we went to the Jiaxing Aquarium. It is underneath the local mall and goes on forever. We had no idea it was there. Pristine fish tanks, a real mermaid show and a seal duet. Who knew? (Ed. note: But as almost everything else in China the people part was a little tacky, dirty, dusty etc.)
Terry continues to have nocturnal varmint visits to her office. She asked me to pick up some kind of trap to catch them. The trap is like the cover of a kid’s book. It opens up flat and the two sides have glue on them. You sprinkle some small multi-coloured pellets (Ed. note: just like sprinkles on a donut!) on them to attract the mice and when they get on it they stick to the glue. Nice little present for Terry on her desk when she went in on Monday – a slightly decomposed mouse.
And finally: (Ed. note: Except of course for the Shoe Blog!)
This woman was wandering around the Shanghai Railway Station. I am quite sure that she had no idea what it says.
The Shoe Blog
The first pair are quite nice, but I’m not sure they work with the nylons.
There are no shoes in this photo – the woman in Shanghai was carrying her 4 inch heels.