Bye bye blog-o-sphere. I'm off to see my BFF.
To tell the truth, I'm TERRIFIED of stepping into this city. The last visit a good 7 years ago took an almost painful 18 days, and many things (infrastructure) have changed in Shanghai. And just as many things wouldn't have changed (people and the shoving culture). It took me a long long while to decide to visit the BFF. When she was in Beijing, I wilfully ignored her with every plausible excuse. Now that she's moved to Shanghai, she has issued me an ultimatum. So I'm going.
I didn't bother writing out a checklist of where to go and what to do. There're 2 museums I want to visit though. I'm not interested in seeing any of the places of interest again; don't want to buy any trinkets or tailor suits, cheongsams or dresses. Definitely NOT interested in the food. I want to understand the BFF's life in Shanghai and the impact of the vibrant economy on the culture, street scenes and the lifestyles of people who have made the city home. Walking through a noisy local wet market and contrast it with another market frequented by expatriates would be such a cool thing to do.
It annoys the hell out of me to check out the English sites for Shanghai. Reading things in hanyu pinyin can be thoroughly confusing. I wish I don't understand Chinese. English sites give a great overview, but I've to compare the information to the Chinese sites which will give the proper details, and the accurately reflected road names. Going to Shanghai scares me alot more than going to Luang Namtha.
If the blog stays stagnant for 2 weeks, you know it's not for a lack of effort. It'll be because my ass would have been royally kicked by The Great Firewall.