Shanghai Week 2

Shanghai, China
Shanghai, Vendor

First of all I apologize for not updating as much as normal these past couple of weeks. I know since my last post I said I was going to updating more but obviously that has not happened. I’ve been pulling in long hours at work this whole week and I think next week will be more of the same. However, I have been able to go out and explore other parts of the city a little more on the weekends.

Like New York, Shanghai has a huge pallet of cuisine and food that is quite cheap and really good. The local places may look dingy and dirty but don’t let that fool you from tasting what they have. The night life so far has reminded me more of Meat Packing District spread across China. Every place seems to be very clubbish with hip hop / techno (house, drum&bass, whatever) dominating the music scene even at so called dive bars. Some places are more laid back than others and the crowd is different as well but you can always be sure that the music is pretty much the same, in a scary way you almost start to get use to it.

Shark tanks are apparently pretty popular here as well, I saw 2 giant ones at 2 different clubs and one in the subway. Unfortunately, there was one dead baby shark lying upside down on the bottom and I overheard someone say it was taking a nap and I don’t think they were kidding around either. This upcoming week should be quite interesting as Thanksgiving is approaching and this will be my first time celebrating it outside the U.S (I’m sure the Roast Duck will be replacing the Turkey this year). I have more photos uploaded as well, either click the ones above or view them on my Flickr here.

Working In Shanghai: Week 1

Jing'an Temple, Shanghai
Jing’an Temple
Escalator in the middle of nowhere, part of my walk to work
Drop coins down this for good luck?

Well, where to begin…. My first week of work here in Shanghai has wrapped up and it’s been a very interesting experience thus far to say the least. Adapting to the whole culture and trying to learn as much about it in a short period of time with a limited amount of Mandarin vocabulary is really something. I am very surprised at how many Foreigners I have seen so far, they are really all over the place. For the most part the first few days have been pretty routine, not that it has to be but mainly because of my lack of transition into the new time zone. So far my days have looked a bit like this.

6:50 – 7:30 am : Wake up pretty much on my own which is surprising considering how much I sleep in, in NY.
8:45 – 9:30 am : Grab a coffee at the local cafe (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) and people watch a little bit before taking the short 10 – 15 stroll to work.
10:00 – 12:00 pm: The usual work stuff.
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Go out and eat with a group of people from the office, they normally tend to hit up the very local places which has no English on the menu. The food is always good but since I can’t read I normally just get whatever somebody else gets, but again the food is great.
3:00 – 7:30 pm: Return to and finish up work.
9:00 pm: At this time my body tends to crash on me and that is when I go to bed haha.

I haven’t had too much time to explore yet except for today and just a little bit last night, but so far so good. I’m looking forward to seeing more around this place and I will try to post more often than once a week. Check out my Flickr for more photos of Shanghai.