For those of you who can’t read Chinese characters, the title reads: Hello, Shanghai! (There, now you can read Chinese!)
And so begins the first of hopefully many travel-themed blog posts. The flight over was uneventful and surprisingly I did not sleep the entire time, as I frequently do on long flights. I spent my time watching three movies (I love long flights; it lets me watch the movies I was vaguely interested in but too cheap to watch in the theater!) and TV shows, including the pilot for a show that hasn’t even premiered yet! Good going on that, United. My seat neighbor was a gentleman from Ecuador; it took considerable amounts of energy for me to recall the pitiful amounts of Spanish I “learned” in high school, but we managed to get by with Spanglish.
I’ve traveled with my mom a lot and it’s always fun, but since she is working on this trip, I’m on my own for most of the day. Not that I dislike exploring on my own, but I think traveling is always more fun with others. But never again will I travel in a group of friends. If you were with me for that crazy weekend in Taipei, you will understand when I say (with love, of course) that that experience has turned me off of group traveling and I will only travel in a pair or a trio henceforth. It’s just too crazy and hard to keep things organized, especially if you’re on a tight schedule.
Here’s a couple of pictures I’ve taken so far. Sorry if I disappoint those of you who are expecting pictures of traditional Chinese symbols. While I definitely take pictures of those things like all tourists, I have been to China before, so I’m more interested in taking pictures of quirky interesting things that might not necessarily be inherently Chinese. The weather has been wonderfully cool and not humid (a big change from what I’m used to), and already I miss the traffic of LA because here, traffic has no rules. People do whatever the want (i.e. drive on the sidewalk, drive against traffic, etc.) and sadly (and scarily), pedestrians yield to cars, not the other way around. I’ve nearly been flattened by a few motorbikes and buses. Keeps me on my toes.