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Day 2

semi-overcast 40 °F

After the first night at the hostel I came to the conclusion that I really like staying in hostels. They make traveling very easy and there tend to be pretty interesting people in your mix. The Mingtown hostel is clean and very traditionally decorated with an open floor plan and goldfish ponds. We reserved a 6 bedroom mixed dorm even though their were only 4 of us and though I was upset with these arrangements at first, it turned out ok since our other two roommates were Chinese guys that spoke English and were never really in the room. However the rooms were FREEZING at night and we mine as well have slept outside. I wore all of my clothes and my coat to bed.

On the second day I woke up at 10:30am to children playing outside. I went down to breakfast and had my usual and then got ready for the Shanghai Museum.
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It was AMAZING with 7 floors and 6 featured exhibits. My favorite exhibit was the Catherine the Great: Star of the North and Golden Age of Russian Empire exhibit because of the ornate place settings (ex. Silver platter for 5 different types of SALT!) and the depiction of royalty life in those times. The Chinese Minority Nationalities Art exhibit was pretty cool too because I did not realize how diverse China was. There are actually 96 different ethnic groups in China and every group has their own language, way of dressing and set of customs.

After the museum we got massages at the famous Dragonfly Massage Parlor. The space was many stories with a gift shop on the first floor and a pretty cool “menu” of services. They had really cute names (ex. Hang Over Massage) and I chose the 120 minute full body plus foot massage for 290 rmb or $41 which is pretty expensive for China but hey, it was Dragonfly. They gave us very cute traditional wrap outfits to change in too and the rooms were absolutely beautiful (definitely worth the money)!
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When I finished my massage I saw that I had missed 3 calls from Kevin, the Chinese guy that I met the night before on my way back to the hostel. I called him back and we made plans to met at my hostel for dinner and clubbing.

At 8:00pm I went to the lobby to meet Kevin and brought Melissa and Blair with me. We took forever to settle on a place to eat but ended up going to some random Chinese restaurant that Kevin liked. It was editable but I definitely would not go again. At around 11:00pm we went to Club 88 which was similar to the clubs in Nanjing just had more foreigners and better looking people overall. I stayed for about an hour and a half and left the girls to go back home and write in my journal. I don’t know why but I just did not feel like partying much.

Tomorrow is the Wax Museum!

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Girls Trip to Shanghai

Day 1

semi-overcast 28 °F
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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.
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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.

Horror Film
Characters
Melissa- Survivor
Elizabeth- Scardy cat
Blair- Wannabe Hero
Me- Token Black girl

Locations
Hostel
World Expo
Shanghai Museum

Death Scenes
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).
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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.
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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.

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First Day in Jin's Cafe

Main restaurant on first floor that is open almost 24/7 and serves a mix between Chinese and Western cuisine


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I am SOOO not a fan of restaurant work! I spent the past 8 hours folding 400 napkins, stuffing toothpicks in to little toothpick holders, cleaning salt and pepper shakers and then busting tables and resetting them.

My trainer is Lulu and she is HILARIOUS! She hates every customer and comes up with little pet names for everyone. One time this table came with 4 people and a baby and Lulu looks at me and says "I hate children". Then of course the people get sat in our section (Section A) and Lulu referred to them as the Crazies all night. All together my day consisted of cleaning off the plates from the Crazies, the Stupids and the Uglies.

Too funny!

I swear the only thing that makes this job tolerable are my coworkers. I love them! They keep me going everyday because these customers make me want to create a global genocide of mankind sometimes (I AM SO KIDDING PLEASE DON'T ALERT THE FEDS).

Really it is just the work schedule that blows working in Jin's Cafe. For example this week I am

Monday: 2:30pm-11:00pm
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: 5:45am-2:30pm
Thursday: 7:00am-3:30pm
Friday: 2:30pm-11:00pm
Saturday: Off but not really because I have class from 2pm-5pm
Sunday: 5:45am-2:30pm

Ew! I miss Housekeeping.

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Jinling Employee's Talent Show

So cute!


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So the big talent show that the staff has been practicing for the past two months was today. It was truly an event! Strob lights, smoke machines, sparks, camera crew, staging, lighting, etc. I am so happy I was able to attend because it was cool seeing my coworkers show off their skills. Most people did hospitality based talent like bartending and flower arranging but others danced, sang, modeled, performed magic shows and even painted, sewed or ice sculpted. It was so different than a talent show back at home where people just sing, dance or recite a poem. Some of them were really creative.

The show was divided by departments so Housekeeping performed for about 15 minutes their little segments and then Concierge and so on.

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Jared, Kyle and I were not in the show but Melissa, Elizabeth and Blair sang Michael Jackson's "We Are the World" with some guys from Reception. Originally I was supposed to partner with Reception in a belly dancing routine but that was canceled for whatever reason. Jared and I did our part in the audience they hooting and hollering. It was really fun. I felt like a proud parent watching all my children work it the best they could on stage.

Ah... good times.

Here is a list of some cool talents that we saw today

  • Solving a Rubik's Cube in 30 seconds
  • Calligraphy
  • Costuming
  • Karate (6 girls breaking wood= very cool)
  • Cake design (Jinling Hotel and the World Trade Center)
  • Making tea

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Day on the Town PG Style

I had a nice day on Sunday museum hoping!

Stops

  1. Nanjing Museum for the oil paint exhibition

  1. Nanjing Massacre Museum

Opinion

The Nanjing Museum was very large (about 5 stories) and had an awesome exhibition of different oil paints that covered the first 3 floors of the museum. The first floor was from all Chinese artists, the second floor was foreign artists (one original Picasso piece) and the third floor was traditional Chinese scrolls and sculptures.

I went with my "Special Friend" who isn't so special anymore but it was nice going with him because as an artist himself he was able to teach me a lot about the paintings. He talked about the arrangements and told me the techniques that were used. Even though he was super critical and felt the need to grade every painting as Pass or Fail it was still fun to argue with him if I saw a painting that really spoke to me and he hated it. I noticed that I interpret art by how it makes me feel and by the vibe that the piece gives off while he paid very close attention to the technique. This is probably because I don't know anything about art so all I have to base my opinion on is how it speaks to me emotionally.

Side Note: When I think about it, this is what people do naturally about anything that they don't know a lot about. They will just speak on the subject emotionally because at the end of the day all you have to base things on are your emotions.

Any who after that we went to the most depressing place in Nanjing. I have been trying to get to the Nanjing Massacre Museum since I arrived in this city but it was closed for most of my experience for renovations. Well lets just say... it was a trip that I would never like to repeat but I am happy I know the details now. Long story short in the 1930's Japan invaded Nanjing and raped, pillaged and murdered over 300,000 people over about 2 weeks. The whole city was destroyed and even now the people of Nanjing hold a deap resentment towards Japanese people and the country of Japan does not acknowledge that this event ever occurred.

The museum is a very dramatic environment with dark lighting and many reenactment displays. It was HUGE and I had a throbbing headache by the end from all of the horrible stories from eye witnesses and pictures of infants that were shot to death, children being decapitated, women being gang raped and bodies being burned. It was awful! They had so many remains in glass cases and it was just too much! My friend and I plus one other foreigner were the only three non-Chinese in the building and many people were looking at us like we didn't belong there. I think they thought of it as "this isn't our history so why do we care" but at the end of the day this stuff happens everywhere and humanity is humanity.

Appreciate your life!

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