Sushu's Travel Journal

June 26, 2006

Shanghai photos

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Last look at daddy’s childhood home
This trip was full of visits to past residences, etc. This place was cool because it used to be this westernized rowhouse compound, so it’s got this cool window decorations, etc. It has smells that I associate with home.
Last look at daddy's childhood home
nanxiang railroad yard
This is the Past Workplace. We got an exclusive tour of the inner workings of a railroad yard. The US needs to use railroads more.
nanxiang railroad yard
yes, yes, traditional chinese garden
went to two traditional Chinese gardens. Kinda lame-o ones, though.
yes, yes, traditional chinese garden
Me and my maternal grandparentals
Aww… don’t they look cute on their tombstone? They were moved to this really swanky place last year. My paternal grandfather’s in a less-swank place down the road.
Me and my maternal grandparentals
visiting the old hometown
This is where my grandmother grew up. Obligatory photo of a really archy bridge. This bridge is archier than other bridges
visiting the old hometown
new yuckiness
Oh, in Changzhou they have this new faux-Spring/Autumn city that they’re building, completely inaccurately. It is filled with stores and restaurants. It would have been cool if 1) they were more historically accurate, and 2) handed out period costumes to wear upon entry. But as it is, it’s just uber-lame
new yuckiness
the real deal
But the real deal isn’t much better. It’s three concentric moats that measure out exactly to be 3, 5, and 7 li in circumference. Problem is, it’s just kinda left out there to wilderness itself. :(
the real deal

June 14, 2006

In Shanghai!

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Got in last night. Took a walk outside today. My street has the usual gamut of grocers, convenience stores, misc item stores, hair salons, hole-in-the-wall clothing stores, and lots of food claiming to be from Sichuan! Inner Mongolia! The Tastiest Buns in Shanghai! and so forth. The grocer was blasting C-pop very loudly, and trying to convince me that I can’t find better prices anywhere else. The sketch of dollar stores with the spunkiness of c-pop, and underneath it all, just some people desperately trying to make a living. Ah, how I love China.

Our apartment is quite nice. Until my brother comes, I have a whole room to myself, and not only that, a giant full-sized (?) bed! OMG. We all know this hasn’t been true for the last … 13 years of my life and won’t be true in the next few. So life is sweet. :D

They’ve got this nifty metropolitan cell phone that only works in Shanghai, but it can call anywhere nationally. It came with a base phone thingie that you can use with your land line. Then, within 50 meters of your land line base phone, it also functions as a cordless phone that answers to the land line. It’s like totally crazy, and totally free (ish).

This morning I had the aforementioned meat buns for breakfast. Then uncle made yummy fish, and wintermelon/bamboo soup for lunch. <3

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