Friday, August 14, 2009

Shanghai, Part One

After being tired, sick, and jetlagged for 2 days, I woke up this morning and said to myself, "I WILL blog about Shanghai today!" So, here I am! Part One will deal with mostly the events of the trip and my thoughts on them. Of course, this post will be accompanied by the numerous pictures I took.

Before I left, I packed a journal so that I can write everything that happened in it to make sure I don't forget. Therefore I will be using it to write this post, because my memory is horrible.

When we arrived at our old house, I immediately felt like a giant. The furniture was miniature, and seemed like it belonged to the set of Alice in Wonderland. Not surprisingly, my grandma still has a random picture I drew when I was like, five.

We didn't stay there for long though, my uncle insisted that we stay at his apartment for a while. Apparently, "a while" meant for the rest of our trip. I'm not complaining though, because I had complete access to his computer! Yay for technology! He also had some pretty neat things in his house, such as these items:

E-cookies for whoever can guess what this is/does:

The lamp has no switch, it just lights up when you tap it, and I love the style of the phone:

Here are some views if you look out the apartment, which is on the 14th floor:

Can you say "light pollution" ?

We didn't really go anywhere except for the hospital and shopping (which will both be in separate posts). The only other place we went to is Suzhou, which is where my grandpa and great-grandma's graves are located.

Where did all the tall buildings go?! You can tell we weren't in Shanghai anymore:

This is the entrance to where my grandpa is buried. Since it's on a mountain, it's a really long and steep climb, in 37 degrees Celsius weather, with plenty of mosquitoes to keep you company:

So, that pretty much sums up all the places I visited. Get ready for Shanghai, Part Two! I don't know what it'll be about yet, but I don't think it'll have this many pictures.


8 comments so far.

  1. setsanto on August 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    lll..lligt..llight plol...damn it. I can't say "light pollution". :P

  2. Amanda on August 15, 2009 at 4:53 AM

    Which part of Shanghai do you live in? It looks like you live a bit further out in the newer estates...

  3. lyrical charlatan on August 15, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    @ Amanda, yes, it's fairly new, my uncle lives right behind the shanghai railway station. I woke up to the sound of construction everyday because they still haven't finished building everything around us.

  4. Crystal on August 16, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    The trip looks great so far! Oh my gosh my grandparents also kept drawings I made when I was four or five. Bless their souls.

    Er... that's a dragon sphinx thingy?

  5. Kathleen on August 17, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    The dragon thingy looks like some kind of sword.

    Looking forward to reading the next part of your trip!

  6. Enzo on August 17, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    My grandmother also keeps even the littlest things and she always has something to show me whenever I visit her. May it be my drawings or a poem I've written long ago, it never failed to make me feel so loved.

    Glad you had fun in Shanghai! :D

  7. Macca on August 20, 2009 at 4:33 AM

    Shanghai sounds really fun, and the picture you drew at five? Pretty good. :)

    Ahh light pollution. There's no such thing as stars in London. When my friend came to the south coast for the first time he was completely shocked at the fact there were stars in the sky. I don't think he'd seen them before.

  8. chervalier on August 20, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    aww that drawing you drew is really cute!! and Shanghai looks really beautiful!

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