Hi, been an unneventful few days, but today on our day off we went to the shangahi museum and over the the bund area with all the tall buildings. I didn't go up the tower as it was £16 and ive been up vancouver and auckland ones before.
After this we went to the fake market again and everyone else bought a handbag last time and i think i want one so i have something nice for interviews etc and i found the one i really like the one on the left the crocodile skin Mulberry satchel. the only problem is that out of the 5 floors and about 500 stalls only 1 person has this bag in that effect and the lowest she haggled to so far is £80!
The one on the right i got down to £12 but its not the same. Which one do you like best and how much do you think they are worth?
Hi, so not too much has been happening the past few days. We have a routine of getting up and ready, chinese class from 9-12, lunch, business class from 1-4, dinner and then something in the evening. Last night we went on a river cruise in the city centre but it was super busy with chinese tourists and we literlary had to fight our way to the front so we could take a pic.
We then went to a bar and were sitting with some chinese businessmen who bought us drinks and food and taught us the chinese word for cheers is Gambei !!
Today instead of the business lecture we have Tai Chi lessons which should be interesting.
The other day we did manage to get off early and go to the fake market and although i said i didnt need anything i still left with a coat and a couple of other things. These coats are 'Canada Goose' and are $625 new and sell for £3-400 on ebay. I paid £25, but its real feathers inside it. Its a bad pic as i only remembered to take the pic after a shower, but Elliott, this is the girls fit but they have mens too in a choice of black, light brown or navy blue. the fur and the hood are both removable. they are really warm, the real ones say they can manage up to -28 but i wouldn't expect the fake ones to do quite as much. Let me know if you want me to pick one up for you, it'll be about £35-40 for your one but thats less than what a 2nd hand down coat costs on ebay.
Oh we also went to a restaurant the other day on one of our field trips and since it was complementary i didn't have to just have rice and veg. They brought out a plate of shrimp and thought i might as well try them while im not paying for them. I actually really liked them. A lot of places are selling oysters so maybe i'll give them a go too.
Right, i have to go get ready for class now so i'll speak later
Hello, Do you know what your hours at work will be next week?
Lisa from Brownies would like to take 2 kayaks on tuesday the Blue 2+1 Man and the sit on frenzy single. She thinks her brother has a roofrack so you shouldn't need to take them anywhere.
Was just going to ask £15-£20 since its her and say you can put the money towards whatever Renzo needs.
There was a girl from the uni kayak club who was also saying about taking kayaks on the 2nd (tuesday) i sent her a message to email me because we can't get on facebook.
^ some of our group, there are 31 of us altogether in Shangahi
from left the right:
DK, me, Mary, Demar, DK, DK, Jon, Harry, Harvey, DK, Hatty, DK, Phillip, Ben
so ive still got a few names to learn. Most people are doing a finance / economics degree but there is one girl doing environmental health and another doing green biotechnology.
So the flight itself was ok but i don't think i will be using KLM again, i had 2 seperate flights with 2 seperate sets of stewardesses and ALL of them we're either rediculously clumsy or just didn't give a shit if they rammed into you every time the walked past. But apart from that it was fine. Was sat next to two ladies who were an editor and assistant for an accessories magazine, on their way to give a speech at a uni and visit some factories. They had some really good movies and i got to see Silver Linings Playbook which was good so Elliott -at least i dont need to nagyou about seeing it at the cinema anymore!
My roomate, Lisa was already here when i arrived, and she seems nice enough but most importantly - she doesn't snore! We went out and had sweet & sour chicken for dinner last night and then fell asleep by 8pm.
This morning we had an 'opening ceremony' which wasnt really anything more than an introduction to the staff and then we we're split into our chinese lesson groups. For some reason i had been put in the 'advanced' group and although i can speak a few phrases, the teacher didn't speak any english and was writing in chinese characters on the board so i think i need to move down a group for tomorrow.
We then went into shangahi centre using the trains which run about 30 meters above ground rather than underground. We walked down to the front where you get the view of the Bund - the tall tower with the round bit and then went to find a restaurant.
I think im doing well so far, ive only spent 40 yen (about £4) and that has got me an umbrella and 2 meals. It was absolutely pouring down when we arrived.
Tomorrow we have more language in the morning and then lectures in the afternoon and evening but im not sure what they are about.