We’re in Shanghai

We’ve made it to Shanghai and are having a wonderful time.  We’ve spent each day at the Expo where the crowds are huge (500,000 each day!!) but well ordered.  The heat is high, 102 degrees the first afternoon, but there are covered walkways with fans and sprinklers.  The building designs are spectacular!!   One is more creative and beautiful than the next.  We’ve found great restaurants where Barry and I can eat a wonderful meal including beer for about $8.00, so Barry is especially happy.  We did experience a torrential downpour at the Expo the first day there, which did cool everything down, but not before flooding the bank (China’s#1 bank) where we had taken refuge, so our time here is eventful.

To get a view of what we’ve been seeing go to <www.expo.cn>    for a virtual tour.  If we had looked first, we would have avoided Romania, and the reallllllllly long wait there for a twenty minute concert that told us almost nothing about a sustainable future or about Romania.  But we loved the pavilions for Norway, Ireland, and Croatia all for different reasons.  Most we’ve seen are at least good.  Yesterday we were smarter about avoiding some of the heat and didn’t go until the afternoon; it was cooler and we didn’t get caught in a downpour.  In the seven hours we were there, we saw only the US pavilion (we by-passed the line with our passports and the help of two Harvard students working here) and the Chinese pavilion.  Each Chinese province has a different exhibit.  Of course, I wanted to see the Zhejiang exhibit, but while most of the others were open for a walk through, Zhejiang had a two-hour wait with very tired looking people who were camped out on the floor.  I learned people were waiting to see the very unique exhibit and a film about the water in Zhejian, but we didn’t wait.  I figure I’ll get to see it for myself soon.

Tomorrow, we get picked up at 10:00 am to be taken to Lin’an and our school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University.  We’re excited.


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “We’re in Shanghai”

  1. Pam Bixter says :

    Renee and Barry, can’t believe you are there. How exciting. The heat and the lines aren’t appealing to me, but the whole experience must be pretty incredible. Went to World Expo in Vancouver in 90 or something like that. Great. Went with Robin to meet up with the 2 guys we met at your condo pool……. Keep us posted

    Love Pam

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Pam: We feel like we are in an oasis in Lin’an after being in Shanghai. The campus is beautiful and green with over 200 varieties of trees. Magnolia Lane is — not surprisingly– lined with magnolias on both sides of the street. This evening we walked to a supermarket just outside the main gate of the university. We walked across four lanes of highway without a bit of trouble. In Shanghai, I had trouble just crossing a regular two lane street. What happened with the two guys? I don’t remember you meeting them or the rest of this story. Hi to Robin and Warren. Aloha, Renee

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