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Shanghai spoon

May 30, 2012

It was so nice to spend a few days with Liz in a city she knew so well!  We arrived in Shanghai early in the morning after our red-eye from Vietnam, and spent a good portion of the day recuperating in her apartment.  We got BAGELS delivered.  It was amazing.

When we finally mustered up the energy to emerge, we went to this really fun shopping area hidden in back alleys.  We fueled up first:CIMG0935

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Cat on a hot tin roof:CIMG0941

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I loved this place!  The woolen squirrel hat Sarah got me last year came from somewhere around here.

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We met up with DT that evening and took him out to a spicy Schezuan dinner.CIMG0944

Always on the hunt for spicy green beans.

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The next morning, we got street breakfast.  SO good!

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This woman was a machine!  She first put down a pancake/crepe batter, scrambled a few eggs on top of that, and then added the spices, sauces, and pickled vegetables that made a delicious breakfast wrap.CIMG0948

This guy was making yummy dumplings with bean paste inside.

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Enjoying our breakfast on a bench.  A man walked by and told me that I looked like Cinderella.  Liz said not to trust him.

Shanghai:  lots of skyscrapers.CIMG0950

We went to the fake market next, where we bargained for scarves and sunglasses. Now DT and I are stylin’!  (Sarah was already cool.)IMG_4120

Sometimes we really had to pee.CIMG0953

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There was Rogue beer everywhere!  Strange.  CIMG0954

There are no open container laws in China, and it’s supposedly OK to bring your own booze to a restaurant.  The French café that we went to for lunch gave us the stink eye though, but that’s probably only because they were French.  Or maybe because they were a bar, too.

That night we went to karaoke, or KTV, after eating flat chicken.  We met a bunch of Liz’s friends, and I even had a Watertown connection!  Random.  The awesome thing about KTV is you get your own private room with all your friends, so you don’t have to wait forever to sing three songs, or have to sit through John the Cook “sing” 8-minute death metal songs.  It was a ton of fun.  My favorite song was “Baa, baa, black sheep” (sung in an opera voice).

The next morning we had another delicious breakfast at a bakery.  We sat outside and it was really windy.  I got a smoked salmon and goat cheese omelette, which came with a ton of arugula.  My favorite part was this “smoothie", though (it was really just frozen juice).  Orange, pineapple, and lots of mint!CIMG0955

This is where Liz lives (the center building).CIMG0956

DT trying to buy some tunes.CIMG0957

I almost bought this dress:IMG_4147

We went to a grocery store/mall just for the experience, and to buy some spices to take home.IMG_4166

This woman would not stop yelling at me (about sales the store was having?) while we were taking this picture.IMG_4159

We had soup dumplings for lunch.  They were very challenging to eat, but this might have been the only meal that I didn’t spill something on my pants.CIMG0958

We found a nice brewery to hang out in for a while.CIMG0964

And DT took a lot of pictures.IMG_4187

And then walked to the Bund to see the tall buildings.IMG_4226

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I bought some tea.IMG_4205

That night we went to a XinJiang restaurant (northwestern region) for a very different meal – more Middle Eastern than Chinese, really.  They had good lamb skewers.CIMG0972

And then there was dancing.  Lots of awkward dancing where the people who work there bring diners/audience members up on stage.

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Lots of fun.

Thanks Liz for an awesome time in Shanghai!!  The next morning, we got on a plane to Jinan…IMG_4245

(That was waiting at the airport.)

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And then there were three…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2012 9:57 am

    Wow! That looks like an amazing trip. I’ve never made it to that side of the world, but I dream of going one day! Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing!

    • June 6, 2012 7:26 am

      I never thought I would get the opportunity either! Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

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