Had a great day today!! After my Chinese class which ended at around 2pm, I headed straight to Hengshen Lu, the road/area where “my church” was located. I was quite early, so decided to go to a restaurant and have lunch (pics of my meal to follow lol).. Service started at 4pm (lasting for 1 and 1/2 hrs), after which I got to know a few ppl. An extremely lovely and friendly lady (Pepe- you’ll hear muuuuuch more from here in the days and weeks and months to come lol) introduced herself to me, and concluded we would have dinner together 🙂 To cut a long story short: we spent the entire afternoon/evening together. We had lunch and AUSTRIAN desserts at this amazing restaurants where 95% of its customers (about 5000 ppl today or there about) where Westerners.. The place wasn’t just super beautiful and served great food, it was calming and relaxing too. That place- they call it “walking street”- hosts about 30 or so restaurants from all over the world, two of which are German. It goes without saying that quite a few ppl/couples/families were German. As a matter of fact, the largest expat community in Shanghai (after the Brits) is the Germans!! Not that it would make any difference *cough cough* it just makes me glad lol.. this is obviously not to say that I, as an Austrian, wish I was German or anything like that, or that I could somehow relate to them *rolling my eyes* I just thought it important to throw in anyway 😉
Shanghai is a beautiful city.. You could actually live here not “knowing” or “feeling” you’re in Asia.. good thing? Judge for yourself.. I had lunch at a “buka” yesterday (for my non-Nigerian readers: “buka” being sthg like a really (!!) authentic local restaurant lol) and the food there was amazing! So, yes.. I am sure I will have an amazing time here.. from the simple (east) to the luxurious (west).. both roads lead to Shanghai!
P.s. Funny enough (and this is for those who read “tourist attraction no.1”) I was told by a class-mate today, that she and her friend (they are both Caucasian) were stopped a few times as well, with ppl wanting to take a picture of them lol.. I guess this just goes to show: Chinese are fascinated by all “races” other than themselves. Even my roomie Sarah (who is half-Chinese, mind you) has had to deal with weird looks.. lol! Time to laugh it off 🙂