In our previous blog post, we mentioned our stellar relocation counselor named Claire. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to spend a full day of city orientation with her. I can’t even express our excitement leading up to this day! Claire showed up at our (temporary) apartment at 9:30am…ready with an awesome map she had written all over of things to do and places to go that she thought would be of interest to us as well as having a set agenda. So off we went for a full day of Claire showing off different neighborhoods of Shanghai, where to go, what to buy, where to avoid, how and where to pay utility bills as well as a ton of other things.
We first went to a short, one way stretch of street right around the corner from us that has some really cool restaurants and shops including two places we ended up eating at…D.O.C (for Italian dinner last night) and Green & Safe (specialty grocer/ organic hotpot for brunch today). We then made our way over to the general area by my school and found a TON of awesome and amazing places including a few salons, where to buy charcoal for our grill and bagels. Then the fun really began…checking out produce stands with unknown fruits and veggies!
HEY NOODLE MAKING MAN…DITCH THE CIGARETTE!
We of course had to check out the “famous” Avocado Lady (on 274 Wulumuqi Lu). What ever you want or need, she’ll have it.
Passing by our new street…here’s a view from one end. Did you vote yet?
And now, one of the most fascinating spots in Shanghai so far…Tianzifang! It’s an older section of the French Concession area that has tightly woven paths lined with shops, art galleries, bars, restaurants and boutiques.
Off to lunch, but not before seeing a few other cool things…
While stuck in traffic, we saw some random guy doing a little sidewalk Tai Chi…very cool! We were stuck there for about 3 minutes, so what a treat it was to see!
I’m a super picky eater, so Claire suggested a few things for me and a few more adventurous items for herself and Paul. I didn’t get a good look at the menu until editing my (iPhone for now) shots, but wish I had known that shark fin was one of the ingredients they use. I would have left.
With full bellies, it was off to the hospital! But don’t worry…one of the things Claire highly suggested is to register at a local hospital just in case. If we were to need to go for what ever reason, being pre-registered makes things a LOT less complicated, they’ve already got our info and our insurance info. We got a (about 20 minute) tour of the hospital and left with a sense of relief knowing it was really nice and having all of the necessary info in place.
One last stop before finishing up our full, yet chilly day…the flower market. It was vendor after vendor after vendor of plants and flowers. We were blown away by the beauty and variety that was available.
They also have other miscellaneous vendors that sell kitchen goodies, antiques, stuff for the home and just general junk stores. But I’ll be back to give one of these a nice home…
It was a fun, VERY informative and brisk day…and low smog to boot! Thanks again Claire…we look forward to grabbing drinks with you and your husband soon!