Sunday was a welcomed respite from my packed first few days in Shanghai. That being said, I still managed to fit in a long run, a trip to the Jing’an Temple, a walk around xujiahui, and a healthcare debate with my french roommate and his Israeli friend over lunch into my day.
Forwarning to all running/jogging enthusiasts: The Chinese don’t get it. Running on a street with an ipod only to come back to the same destination that you started is illogical. Besides the obvious staring at the 5’8 westerner barreling down the road, chinese pedestrians are confused as to how to best get out of your way. They don’t pay any attention to bicycles, scoters or fruit stands blocking their path on the side walk, but runner street etiquette doesn’t exist. I ran three miles before throwing in the towel and heading back to my apartment, only to be informed of the running track a block away that most westerners are accustomed to using.
Next I went to explore xujiahui shopping center with my french roommate adrian. The mall was packed with shoppers, as well as spectators watching a baby beauty pageant. (weird). We stopped to grab lunch with his friend Ari from Israel in the center of downtown by the Jing’an temple before going back home.
Because most TV in China is in chinese, expats have gotten into the habit of collecting hundreds of DVDs, so if you want to watch tv in the evening, everyone chooses a movie from the tall stacks of dvds left by westerners past. On Sunday, we watched the Romantics. Despite its obvious chick flick status, it wasn’t my favorite. I think maybe one thing happened the entire time.
today, I am going to brave shanghai public transportation. And I have to go get registered at the police station so the honorable communist government can officially begin keeping tabs on my activity. 🙂