The weather has been beautiful here this weekend-blue skies and about 80F. Mark and I are on our own until next Thursday night as Meredith is off on what her school calls her Interim trip. This is a week long trip all high schoolers at her school take. She had about 30 incredible different trips to choose from last summer. She is going into central China to Lanzhou where she will be touring Buddhist caves, going to a Tibetan monastery and meeting the monks, hiking through the Namo Gorge, and then getting on a horse and trekking to the White Dragon River to stay in a tent home with a nomad family at the base of the Huagai Mountain (we’re talking extreme camping at this point!).
Mark and I decided to check out a restaurant for lunch on Saturday that we’d learned about at the expat fair the previous weekend. We took a taxi, the distance being a bit too far to walk and entered here at this rather non-descript entrance to the lane:
We had a rather nice late breakfast at this restaurant called Origins, and then decided to wander around the neighborhood a bit.
Thai restaurants abounded here.
As well as some kinds of restaurants we haven’t seen yet in Shanghai:
There were quite a lot of Indian restaurants.
There was one store after another and a lot of them had things you’d actually want to buy. Our favorites were the places selling photographs of China and Shanghai. One had a photo of 3 elderly women dressed in brightly colored woolen garments standing in the snow. We were able to ask in Chinese where it was taken and it turned out to be where Meredith is going this week! Our Chinese failed us however when we tried to explain that our daughter was there. 🙂
After we found our way out of the maze of shops and went looking for a taxi we came upon another surprise:
Actually, we found 3 yarn shops in quick succession on 1 block! I hit the motherlode of yarn shops! I think this may be the area that I have read about on the internet. So, I still don’t understand how they sell yarn here. It’s all in boxes or bags, 6 balls to a bag. I can’t tell if the price is per bag or ball and if you have to buy the whole bag. I’ve never seen partial bags. They had the incredibly long double pointed needles that everyone seems to knit with here. They’re maybe 14-16 inches long and they seem to use them for everything. They’re kind of scary looking!
So, we did continue on with another adventure which Mark is hopefully concluding today, but that’s a story for another day.