We moved to Shanghai! At the end of October, Chris got the opportunity to transfer to Shanghai, so we sold all our belongings, had a few more Indian binges in London, visited family in Texas for a few weeks, flew back to London to grab our stuff, and landed in China the first week in January. Between the jet lag, culture shock, and general excitement, the first three weeks feels both like a few seconds and a lifetime all wrapped into one.
I feel like I’m permanently experiencing that disorienting state that lives between sleep and full-conciousnous. Everything feels so real, but it doesn’t make sense. I’m constantly dizzy walking down the street because I can’t stop scanning my eyes from left to right, trying to take in electric world around me. A few examples of totally bonkers things I’ve see of late:
- A woman in a Mexican restaurant eating her lunch at the counter. On the stool next to her, a live rabbit eating a cabbage leaf.
- A giant FAO-Schwartz-sized teddy bear laying limp and pummeled on the curb. Not long after I spotted it, a guy on a bike stopped, slung it over his shoulder and continued on his way.
- A woman unwrapping frozen pigs feet at the grocery store and banging them on the side of the freezer.
- A man peeing on a pile of mannequin arms.
- A market shopper reaching into a tank of live eels to select the one she most desired.
- Underwear and sausage hanging in the same tree.
- Many, many tiny dogs wearing tiny shoes.
I’m trying to study Mandarin and work on some freelance projects, but I can’t seem to get anything done because I get distracted every five seconds by something amazing/hilarious/mysterious/bizarre/delicious.
Speaking of the delicious bits (because this is, after all, a blog about food then travel), it’s all been delicious. I’ll go into detail on my edible finds in later posts, but suffice it to say that I’m eating so many dumplings that I’m likely to turn into one myself…I’ll just be a little ball of meat and fat wrapped in a pale and doughy exterior.
I’ve got loads of food photos to sift through and tell you about, but you can whet your appetite in the mean time by following my instagram account.
So far, no gastrointestinal distress, but it’s comforting to know that this place is just around the corner.