So this week has been spent showing Theo (Sebastien’s 17-year-old half-brother) around town . I took the occasion to visit a couple of things that I hadn’t visited yet (plus some unavoidable tourist sites) which included the Longhua Temple which is the largest Buddhist Monastery in Shanghai
It was really quite beautiful. I also thought it would be fun to take the kids ice-skating (totally forgetting how difficult it actually is). Eventually though they had a great time and Blanche benefitted from her own private lesson when 3 teenaged girls took it upon themselves to instruct Blanche how to skate (clearly I was not up to the task).
I was also coerced into standing in a long queue in steamy heat to wait to visit the ChangFeng Aquarium. The kids loved it and I thought it was pretty good too. We also liked the huge park in which it was located….with it’s multitude of crickets singing loudly (the crickets suddenly started singing on the 5th of July precisely and can make conversation difficult!).
‘Shanghighs‘: We now have access to an out-door swimming pool downstairs from our apartment and the children have made use of it every afternoon. They have also finally made use of the toilet rolls I’d been collecting … to make pirates. Thank you Uncle Theo for your playfulness, politeness and patience .
‘Shanglows‘: Without prior warning the Chinese population was informed that in the middle of the Summer vacation ‘A widespread flight delay is lasting 26 days in the below 12 airports during 20Jul-15Aug, 2014: Hongqiao, Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Ji’nan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan’. This is frustrating enough in itself, but the reason given could be considered frightening:.. ‘Due to military exercise’. We are supposed to be catching a flight from Hongqiao today for a trip to Yunnan (south-west China)….. we will see if and when we arrive…..
‘Shangunusuals‘: Rivaling the pyjama-in-the-street fashion, here is the common Summer-look of wearing T-shirts ‘half-mast’. Whilst I’m tempted, this style is reserved for young to middle-aged men only.