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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Shanghai... pre-pictures

We arrived in Shanghai last Friday morning after getting over a small teaching snag of an obligation at the University. We found out on Monday that the school required teachers to teach on Sat. and Sun. before May day... well, we'd already made plans! Meghan already had plane tickets! So we had to scramble a bit to get our classes all evened out and it was exam week, so basically this week is a very welcome rest from teaching. That doesn't mean I'm not still worried about things... i mean, I called the Secretary "Ginger" John because I was afraid that my apt was burning down because I left the space heater on. Seriously. It was a bit embarrassing to admit that small worry to Sandrine and J!
We went to a beautiful art museum and another great art gallery today after walking for miles and miles all over the city. My feet are basically big bruises with toes. Our hostel is called Captain Hostel and its the most well-known hostel in the city. It has the decor of a navy ship due to the bunk bed/dorm style situation... there are even cute little port holes. (Sandrine thought they were mirrors.) The top floor of the hostel is a great bar (should be in a magazine) with a beautiful view of the Bund (riverwalk); however... we can barely afford napkins let alone a drink at any bar! Of course, lack of money doesn't phase us entirely and we have gotten to know a little bit of the Shanghai jazz scene over this last weekend. Dad... if you're reading, there are some very talented people here in Shanghai. I was at a Jazz club on Sat night where the piano player had obviously studied hymns and church music as a base for his jazz improv... very cool. Anyway, its late and I'll have pictures and more information later.
We are going to a Buddhist island off the coast tomorrow and then on to Nanjing!

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