The end of the big trip...
10.10.2007 - 12.11.2007 18 °C
We settled in at the Hostel in the north-west part of town. It had a really friendly atmosfere, was clean and nice and the staff all spoke english (to some extent at least). For anyone on a budget coming to explore Shanghai, and who doesn't want to live "smack in the middle", we could definitely recommend this place. It's especially good if you plan to stay a bit longer. (http://www.letourshanghai.com) We had a good time and they even taught us to make dumplings. Yummy!
As you know we allready had decided that Shanghai would most probably be the last stop of the big trip, and that we wanted to settle down here for at least some years. So, we started looking for work. Sabrina had allready scheduled meetings with a possible employer and that was actually the reason that we arrived in Shanghai when we did. The meetings went very well and eventually resulted in Sabrina starting to work for Bovis Lend Lease again. In the meantime we started to get familiarized with the town, how to get around, how to buy things etc. It was a strange feeling to not be on the road. We also started looking for an area that we would like to live in and we walked a lot around especially the french concession. We spent quite alot of time at the internet cafe across the road from the hostel. It was pretty big and, as in many places in China, people smoke. It's not to clean either, but pretty ok and definitely more affordable than the computers at the hostel.
We also did some sightseeing which we will tell you about in more detail later in our new blog.
We explored the city and started buying some clothes (remember we arrived with nothing more than a couple of backpacks). We also started to try some of the city's MANY restaurants with typical local food or international. You really can find almost anything here.
After a couple of weeks we had a visit from Robert and Emma. You know, the swedish couple that we travelled together with on both the Transsiberian and in Mongolia. Since we had now been in Shanghai for a little while we felt a bit more at home allready. We did our best to show them around, went to an incredible acrobatics show (see the new blog) and had a very interesting meal at a vegetarian restaurant with many "mockmeat" items such as chicken and beef. Everything totally vegetarian though. Anyway, it was fantastic to see them again and to get our first visit!!
With that we would like to close this chapter and move on to the next one. We now stop adding to this blog and start using a new one "Shanghai", for which we will sign you up as subscribers so that you will be notified when we write something new. If you don't want to be in the list you can just un-subscribe from travellerspoint directly or simply let us know and we will do it for you.
Our new blog:shanghai.travellerspoint.com
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for having shared the "Big Trip" experience with us!!!
Fredrik and Sabrina