Day 4 –
I spent the Saturday afternoon trying to find a Catholic church with English mass, and indeed I did, St. Ignatius! aka Xiajahui Cathedral, which is also where the Shanghai Diocese is located. 5 subway stops, 1 transfer, and some help, I made it to church right on time, an exhilarating feeling to be able to attend church on a Sunday despite the increasingly hot and humid weather in Shanghai the past few days. The church is quite small for what is considered a Cathedral, but it has a good English choir and good song selections. I might just participate in their choir just to gain new friends.
Fooding continues to be a problem since I haven’t had a good meal except for the on held by our host. The problem here is that most restaurants are family style and there’s usually just 2 or maybe 3 of us eating at one time, which leaves lots of food left over. Then, ordering is still a problem. Though I like Peking duck and walnut shrimp, I can’t have it everyday. Interestingly enough, Shanghainese do not often eat rice with their meal. I always have to ask for it and we are probably the only ones in the restaurant eating with rice. So different from what I know from the US or VietNam. The people in the office is teaching me to say “I am VietNamese, not Chinese” since I have been getting weird stares when I give servers a “lost” look after they start talking to me in Chinese. That’s would be a nice phrase to learn.
Like I said, the weather is getting hotter and more humid everyday. It’s always hazy and overcast in Shanghai. I guess with 23 million people living in such cramp conditions, all the smog just tend to stay in the air. I don’t even know if blue sky is even possible here. Some plans are being made for future weekend trips and the one I am looking forward to is the new bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing, a trip usually taking 12 hours is now only 5. That might be my splurge for this trip since the new bullet train costs around $400 round trip, better than taking a flight I think. That’s in the works 2 weeks from now. This weekend will be an exploring trip to the Bund, a more historic part of Shanghai and maybe some classic Shanghai dishes. Oh how I am looking forward to a good meal!