Travelling the world in 12 hours
07.08.2010 35 °C
Just got back from Shanghai, where we stayed from 10 am - 10 pm at the World Expo. According to our World Expo passports (and Julie Ann's facebook status), we visited 57 countries & pavilions in 12 hours. This being said, also take note that the temperature was a balmy (sarcasm intended) 100 degrees or so. We chose to spend more time viewing the smaller countries instead of waiting in 5 hour lines for the larger countries (ie: China, Japan, USA). My favorite pavilions had to be Indonesia (MUN!!), Nepal, the Islands, Tajikistan and the Czech Republic (with some great technology). It was definitely one of the best experiences on this trip so far and I was so glad to have the chance to be able to attend a World Fair, which I've heard much about but never really had the chance to ever attend. Truly a chance of a lifetime.
I put Tajikistan as my 3rd choice (after Korea and after China, my first choice) for this summer's NSLI-Y / AFS program. Going into the pavilion, I kept thinking to myself that this could've been what I'd be immersed in this summer instead of being here in China. It was fascinating and very elaborately detailed. I also wanted to visit the UAE (NYU Abu Dhabi!) and Mali (MUN!) but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to.
One of the best memories throughout the day was eating at a Mexican food restaurant in the Mexican pavilion. We all sat down for a rare Mexican meal, and tried speaking Spanish to the relatively Spanish-looking waiter. 4 out of 5 of us had taken Spanish, and we had been excitedly practicing it throughout the Latin American pavilions, like Cuba, Peru, etc. He stared at us and said "I'm not Mexican. I'm Filipino" hahaha that was great. Luke also ordered a burrito with practically everything removed and he said "That's not a burrito anymore". Sarcastic waiter. Anyways...
Had to chant "USA!" when we took a picture outside of the USA Pavilion. Rowdy Americans...
We went to the Australian pavilion through the back way and that was one of our best swag stop. Free visors with our koala-panda hugging shirt purchase and a picture with a stuffed wallaby? I don't even remember what animal that was.
It was an interesting, fun-filled, tiring day that had our feet crying tears of pain towards the end of the 12 hour journey. Random note: we had Burger King for lunch. Hooray!
We stayed at Wuxi and got to our hotel at about 12:30. The next day, we visited a giant Buddha and pretty much took a picture with his toe. Yep. We were supposed to meet back at the main square for the "birth of Buddha" but Rachael, Miranda, Mike (Joseph's bro), Paul's brother, Rachael's cousin and I pretty much got lost in the belly of the Buddha. WHAT? Well we were looking for the elevator to get to the toe of the Buddha but it was seriously hidden in a strange museum in a dark corridor. Very sketchy. Really fun sprint back to the square though in practically 5 minutes.. that took us like 30 minutes to come up. We kept looking at the flower hoping that the baby Buddha didn't pop out yet but when it finally started opening we had to yell "The baby's coming!" Yep.
Did I mention I fell down a flight of stairs? Not that bad but literally tripped and rolled. And Luke had to run away because he didn't want to laugh in front of me. Not fun. What is it with me and injuring myself this trip?
Today, I had a wonderful day of eating. Yes. Let's break it down:
Breakfast: shaolimbao juicy dumplings and some strange watery rice that is not the typical jook im used to.
Lunch: KOREAN BBQ! THAT'S RIGHT. My favorite food YAYAY! It was fun meeting up with the Xinyu's friends that I met the first week I was here in Changzhou. They're fun to talk to, and so young still!
Dinner: JAPANESE UDON! YAAAAAAAY pretty much favorite food for every meal.
Went shopping today with Xinyu, her two friends, Luke and his cousin. We went to LuChou and we bought a bunch of random trinkets and fun stuff! Tomorrow, we're going swimming below my apartment and we were supposed to be attending church to see what it's like but supposedly it's a 4 hour service in Chinese and no one knows when it begins. Yep. I don't think anyone wants to go anymore.
Alright, I'll post again later. 5 more days in Changzhou then back to Beijing for end of stay orientation (what?? that doesn't make sense) then flying back to Newark then to LA. Then 3 days later I'm back to NY. About a week left.. amazing how time flies. Zai jian!