25.10.2010 - 25.10.2010 28 °F
Melissa, Elizabeth, Blair and I boarded the train on Monday, October 25th for our 3 days in Shanghai. We stayed at the Mingtown Hostel which was located behind the J.W. Marriot right downtown just a block from the Ferrari, Range Rover, Maserti and Gucci stores. On the corner of our block was this creepy merry-go-round.
The first person we met at the hostel was this random man from LA who had a bunch of knock off electronics. He seemed to know everything about everywhere and though he was entertaining we steered clear because he seemed a little too helpful.
My favorite meal the whole time I was in Shanghai was at the hostel where I would get Curry Chicken and Ginger Tea. That little hostel was our source of inspiration because we wrote a movie script and a business plan (Opening a CoCo at Purdue) in one sitting.
Elizabeth- Scardy cat
Blair- Wannabe Hero
Me- Token Black girl
Melissa- No death (Survivor)
Elizabeth- Randomly hit by a bus
Blair- Head ripped off
Me- Chopstick through the head
After our lunch we went to the WORLD EXPO for the afterhours special (90rmb if after 5:00pm). Now this was an experience… since it was so cold and afterhours the lines were pretty much non-existent . We stayed for 5.5 hours and saw every country in South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. My favorites were Indonesia (Sea Cows are almost extinct and counts for 1.3% of the worlds landmass) and Africa (huge layout with all of the different countries under one roof so easy to tour plus it was my people).
My least favorite pavilions were Cuba (No drinks and overall South America’s area was dead empty) and USA (one big television commercial ad, trapped in a room for 8 mins to watch Obama talk about conserving energy, then you go to another room that is covered with sponsors ads). Our goal for the Expo was to hit all the small countries that we have never heard of so we can sound worldly when we talk to people from those little poo-butt places. Overall I wish there was more food and performances but it was better than I expected.
On our way home from the Expo the girls wanted to eat and I was tired so I headed back to the hostel alone. That is when I met my new friend, Kevin, who was Chinese and spoke perfect English. We exchanged numbers and planned to go out the next day for dinner.