Well, time to get that 2 dollar beer and start making new friends!
Monday, August 24, 2009
In Shanghai safe and sound!
Well after an 8 hour delay and a 14 hour flight I have finally made to my hostel in Shanghai. Check in was a breeze, and as advertise, my room had hot water to use. The flight was rather uneventful, I slept most of the way, which is going to make for a brutal first night of staying awake the whole time. At least I will have some beers to drink, and hopeful a bit of international company. After getting into Shanghai I met a gentlemen who was kind enough to share a cab into the city. Because of my late arrival I was unable to check out the maglev (one of the fastest trains in the world) but after a 30 minute cab ride I arrive at the hostel. It feels great to jump right into my adventure with a confidence over my language skills. I haven't had to use english yet, which feels so strange as opposed to my arrival in Taiwan last year. I am not sure what I will do tomorrow, but I am sure that I can figure out plenty of things to do. Even though I have just arrived, I feel right at home here in China. The people seem a bit more reserved, and I saw a mother giving her child a bath outside her storefront, but it has a very similar vibe to Taiwan. Not much else to report yet, and I haven't even taking a picture yet, but don't worry my photo reel will be updated very soon. For now I think I am going to have a much needed pijiu (beer) before I start to figure out what I should do tomorrow. I might also add a trip to Suzhou (a 40 minute train ride outside of Shanghai) before my stay here in Shanghai is over. I am excited at the prospect of being an adventure in a foreign land once again.
Posted by Jacob Gill (高健) at 12:15 AM