I hope you will enjoy hearing about my adventures in Shanghai. I will try to remember to post some piccy piccies & share some news every week.
So far, we stayed at the Hilton Hotel for 2 weeks before moving into our new home in the middle of a typhoon with 90 mile per hour winds. At least we know that our home is waterproof! My new room has an en suite playroom & a Harry Potter bath (under the stairs) – which is great fun.
We have been exploring our new city & have visited a few touristy places like Xintiandi – a Shikumen house museum & to see Ice Age 4 & Taikang Lu. We have been to the fabric market, flower market & wet markets – a bit too many markets – but no one is asking me. I have been to school to get my new uniform (turquoise polo shirts & grey shorts) & for an orientation day. I met my new teacher Mr Grimwood, but I didn’t get the chance to ask my music teach Mr Davies if he likes Pink Floyd yet (Dad’s question).
List of items that Dad has fried: Pancakes, onions, drill, printer, 2 x alarm clocks, 5 adapters [at 240v] (TV is OK so far)
Fun Facts: Topic – Sea Cucumbers.
Sea cucumbers are animals. Not salad. Sea cucumbers are Echinoderms, like starfish & sea urchins. There are 1,250 known species. They live from 5-10 years (if they are not eaten) & can grow up to 2m long (that’s taller than my Grandpa). Sea cucumbers, particularly eggs & young larvae are prey for other fish & marine animals (& Chinese people). They are also enjoyed by (some) man. Some species are farmed as delicacies. Sea cucumbers breathe through their bottoms (sorry to have to mention this). Mum says they are like eating an old hot water bottle in seawater.
La Strada – with Mum for lunch (the best pizza from our research so far)
Kommune – with salt & pepper in test tubes, potato wedges & a MASSIVE chocolate milkshake.
Sherpas – who delivery curry, & pretty much anything else you might want
B&Q – for a new drill for Dad
Xialong Bao – or soupy dumplings – at Din Tai Fung with our favourite waitress called “Lemon”
Audi A6 – but Dad is not sure about life in the back seat
Shanghai Daily delivered every day – especially when it has a Garfield cartoon
24 hour fruit shop at the end of our lane – I have perfected watermelon juice & Dad has made watermelon vodka jellies
Word of the week (in Chinese, of course): Xiao iren – midget
Chinglish: In a campaign to correct English notices etc – which we read about in the Shanghai Daily – I am looking out to help them.
Thank you for reading this week’s post, please comment if you liked it – Xie Xie, from Thomas.