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The purpose of this blog is to give an account of my adventures during my stay in Shanghai, China.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Sat, June 07, 2008 10:34:42

Rear Window

Woke at 8 a.m. Morning routine.

At 10 a.m. I met with the girls at
Starbucks to discuss the upcoming presentation. We divided the topics between
us and agreed to meet again over the weekend to plot it all into a nice PPT and
perhaps have a little rehearsal.

At noon, Astrid, Ouafa and I set off for
downtown. Wandered around the big malls at Nanjing Rd for a while, but found
nothing we wanted to buy there. Ouafa went off on her own and Astrid and I
started walking down Maoming Rd. We soon arrived on Changle Rd and started
shopping. We both needed a couple of t-shirts and Changle Rd is the place to
get them. Walked up the road for a while, occasionally popping into a friendly
looking store. We both picked up a few t-shirts and I even found a much needed
pair of shoes.

It is interesting to note how completely
absent the concept of service and “the customer is always right” is in Chinese
shops. Those working in the story were mostly completely indifferent to our
presence there and often pushed us out of the way if they we were looking at a
rack that they felt needed attention. In most of the shops we left in annoyance
at the staff. A basic understanding of consumer behaviour would have lifted
some of these shops to unimaginable levels, thanks to the vast number of
potential customers.

After a long walk, we decided to take a
taxi to the fake market On Nanjing Rd. Astrid wanted to pick up some things
before going home, and I figured I might do the same. Ended up getting a few
things, but it was generally an unpleasant experience. I hope it was the last
time I had to go there. Maybe in a couple of years it will be fun again, but
today it was an exhausting experience. These people could also have benefited
from a service course.

At 3 p.m., we returned to Linping and got
some lunch. I relaxed in the apartment for a little while before heading out
once more.

Met AG, Gigi and Arill at Starbucks at 6
p.m. Sat around chatting for a little while. Just before 7 p.m., Arill, Gigi
and I set off for the restaurant A Future Perfect on Huashan Rd. We shared a
bottle of wine and had a fantastic dinner. I ordered what I believed was a
steak, but got not one, not two, but three good sized steaks. And they were
absolutely delicious. We sat outside in the garden for a while, enjoying the
locale and the weather. Delightful.

At 9 p.m. we returned to Linping. Over the
course of the dinner I had convinced them that Rear Window is the most
fantabulous movie of all time and they were eager to see it. I collected it
from my apartment and we all sat down over at Gigis’ to watch it. It truly is
as wonderful as I remembered. Not sure if everyone agreed with me, but at least
no one fell asleep.

I returned to my own apartment at midnight
and was in bed soon afterwards.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Sat, June 07, 2008 10:34:13


I woke at 9 a.m. Not particularly pleased
about it, but I was wide awake and figured I might as well get up. Extended my
morning routine because I could. I had nothing planned for today other than recuperation
after a long hard three months; well at least the last week.

I felt really tired, and for the first time
in China, I decided to take a nap in the middle of the day. Of course, I didn’t
fall asleep, but I did regain some strength.

Went out around 2 p.m. to find some food
and bumped into Kristoffer and Sandra who were on their way to the university
to hand in their paper. Fortunately for me, I had dependable Ouafa to take care
of those things for me.

Had lunch in the apartment together with
Silje and Kristin while watching Horton hears a Who. A lovely movie.

Sat around the apartment for a while. Started
looking through some things and packing them up.

Went out around 6 p.m. to the video store
and gave back all the empty covers I had accumulated over a year. I figured I
ought to be at least a little environmentally conscious and recycle them.
Additionally, I picked up some DVD’s that had been ordered from home. On my way
back to the apartment, I stopped to pick up some dinner. While I was waiting,
Astrid called and asked why I was not getting ready for spinning. Shamefully, I
had completely forgotten about it. As my food was already ordered, I had to
abandon spinning tonight. On a plus note, the restaurant had replaced its
cheerful Christmas music with some modern Chinese pop-copy.

I returned to the apartment, watched a
movie with dinner, and retreated to my room. Sat at the computer for a while,
before going to bed around 11 p.m.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Sat, June 07, 2008 10:33:17

D-Day + 1

Woke once
more at 7.30 a.m. and did what I do everyday. Had a long shower, ate a bowl of
Cheerios, watched an episode of something amusing and checked out the

At 9 a.m. I
crossed over to Bettinas’ for what I hoped would be the last time. I continued
reading from where we had left off last night. At noon, we had finished the
read through and were satisfied with the result. Spent a couple of hours going
through all our sources, writing acknowledgements and generally finalizing

At 2.30
p.m. we were finished. Felt kind of strange. We headed out the door and
downtown to have it printed. We had heard stories from the other groups of long,
24 hour, waits, but the nice man at Copy General assured us that we would have
it ready in half an hour. Of course, we didn’t believe him, but said OK.

At 3.30
p.m. we sat down outside at Element Fresh for lunch in the sun. Before we had
received our food, the copy man called and said that everything was now ready
for pick-up. I was impressed, but still dubious. We ate our lunch and went down
to see if everything was as it should be with the thesis. Impressively, it was.
Six copies, printed and bound, for 400rmb.

with ourselves, Ouafa and I returned to Linping. I picked up my computer from
Bettinas’ place and went back to my own apartment. Here I sat down on the
veranda for a while, trying to let all the stress and bad feelings out of my
body and replace it with a sense of completion. I sent off the paper by email
and felt pretty good about it.

At 7.30
p.m. Frode and I took a taxi to Super Brand Mall to meet the rest of the guys
at Hooters. As it turned out, only two more showed up. Marcus, Jonathan, Frode
and I had a great time anyway. We faked Jonathan’s birthday and got a hooters
song and a balloon. At 9.30 p.m. we left the restaurant for Barbarossa. The
ladies had all gathered here for ladies-night. It was good fun actually. Been a
while since last everyone had gone out together. When I say everyone, I say it
very loosely. I guess 2/3 of the class was there.

Around 1
a.m. we left Barbarossa for Shanghai trendy hot spot; Bar Rouge. The only
reason for coming here, in my opinion, is the fantastic outside area on a Bund
roof-top with unparalleled views of the city.

At 3 a.m.,
the bar closed and we left. Silje and I shared a taxi back to Linping. I was in
bed just before 4 a.m. Completely exhausted, I was asleep before my head hit my