Hello Shanghai!

Well, after a hazy 15-hour flight I’ve landed in China. It’s weird to be in a country where I can’t communicate at all. I feel like I’m missing half of the experience! I suppose that comes from talking to everyone everywhere; I’ve set a chatty standard. Shanghai is massive. I can’t get over how much city is here just from what I saw coming in from the airport. The few people I’ve encountered are a little restrained, which I’ve heard is typical for strangers in China. I just hope my mini reading session on Chinese etiquette will see me through!

The airport was wildly efficient, and I had to laugh at Colin who emailed immediately to find out if I landed on time. Checking in with Dave for his Monday morning when I’m about to go to bed feels bizarre. We’re planning a Tess Skype date soon – here’s hoping we can coordinate all of our schedules!

Driving into town, I was also struck by the little things: how much the airport resembles a giant version of Montreal’s, Chinese characters for the car names (ford explorer, for example), how the smog/mist/rain kills the light pollution, and how this city is a city like you’d find anywhere in the world. By that I mean, as I look out across part of downtown, I see skyscrapers and highways, street lights and billboards. I can’t read anything and the architecture is more exotic, but the street signs are bilingual and I’m pretty sure I could find my way around. That’s a relief. It’s also surprisingly quiet.

I got upgraded at the hotel (sweet!), and Colin and I had a quick supper before heading out for a short walk. By that time, dad was back – so we all hung out for a bit. His experience here is broader, and it’s neat to hear how he’s seen the city/country change in the last few decades. Now I’m tucked in and happy, but can’t quite bring myself to close the drapes. Check out the view!

 

One thought on “Hello Shanghai!

  1. Hope you’re having a good time exploring, Maggey!

    Love the pictures of giant Tess hanging out with Paul! 😀

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