I give up. I am craving Italian food so badly. For some reason, today, I just can’t eat any more Chinese food. I am beginning to notice the typical smell/fragrance of the Chinese restaurants around here, an odd smell that is somewhat similar to the hotpot places in LA, a smell I don’t like. Today I have had enough, no more rice, no more vegetables … I am having some Western food. Since I can’t find any Italian nearby where I live, I ended up eating popcorn chicken, fries, and a lemonade at the local KFC joint for dinner.
The next day, I took the metro farther than I have ever been, to Nanjing Road, one of the best shopping street in China which is again consists of shops, after shops, after more foreign-brand shops. The walking experience is great, the sight of the old buildings with its modern architecture stacked neatly next to each other. I can only imagine what Shanghai in the 1920s must be like. Nowadays, these buildings are taken over by McDonald’s, Alisen Ramen, Pizaahut, etc… It is probably a good shopping street for the locals, but nothing special enough for me to step into. I am probably more interested in the small streets behind Nanjing road where the old houses are, but that will be for another day/weekend.
I did stumbled onto a shabby shopping center down Nanjing Road with no guards and where I was attacked by at least 4 or 5 ladies who approached me with a business-sized-card with pictures of LV purses. Walking into the mall, the first thing I saw was rows and rows of watches (probably fake) in so many different colors and design. I was drooling, but obviously able to contain myself for this spot will be clearly marked in my book for a future visit and haggling.
I feel like a pro at navigating the metro here now. I can probably walk around looking like a pro, transferring to different lines … well, that’s because that’s the only place with English translations on the bottom. And to celebrate my first week in Shanghai, I am not hitting up a local Chinese restaurant or Din Tai Fung dumpling like locals suggested, I am going to Italian food, a fancy smancy De Marco Italian Restaurant on Changde Lu.