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

09.06.08

Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Tue, June 17, 2008 15:36:10

Movies

Woke at 8 a.m. Morning routine.

Sat for w while at my desk looking over the
presentation. Decided that I felt relatively confident about knowing the
material. Prepared a leaflet to be handed out during the presentation.

Went out for lunch around 1 p.m. At 2 p.m.
I met the girls at Bettinas apartment for a run through. We were expecting to
have to cut it down, but it seemed that as we had prepared for it, we had had
in mind that we needed to keep it short. The first complete practice run we
did, clocked in at 27 minutes. Right on the money. Everyone knew what they were
going to say and apart from a few minor text adjustments, we changed nothing. We
did a couple of runs and were satisfied for today. Agreed to meet early
tomorrow to go through it a few more times.

Astrid and I was back in the apartment
around 5 p.m. Shortly after, Astrid and her Frenchman asked if I wanted to join
them at the cinema. I had never been to the cinema in Shanghai so I ceased the
opportunity. We planned to go for a 6 o’clock screening of IronMan in Xintiandi,
but the film was no longer running. Determined to see IronMan, we went over to
Shanghai Times Square to see it there. Unfortunately, it was not screening here
either. Instead, we decided to see the new Narnia movie. Not really the best
substitute.

Turns out that the Chinese are as loud in
the cinema as they are everywhere else. Mobile phones rang constantly through
the movie and instead of taking it outside or even switching it off, all calls
were answered with a loud “Wei?!” It was very annoying. Even the popcorn I had
bought annoyed me. How hard can it be to make sure that the popcorn is salty
and not sweet?? Caramelized popcorn is not good. Bu hao!

The movie ended around 9 p.m. I said
goodnight and went of in the direction of Tongren rd. to meet John Henrik and a
former BI student; Thomas, at Blue Frog. Sat around with a savoury burger and a
big Tiger.

Returned to Linping around 11 p.m. In bed
around midnight.



08.06.08

Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Tue, June 17, 2008 14:54:22

Let’s wrap this up

Woke at 9 a.m. Couldn’t believe it. No
matter what I do, I cannot for the life of me sleep past 9 a.m. I was hoping to
rest up today, but no such luck. Got up and did what I do every morning.

Felt tired from the moment I set foot
outside my bed. Reluctantly I had breakfast and hoped to wake myself up with a
long shower. After handing in the thesis, I have lost all interest in staying
here. Particularly as I am only here to give a presentation that students in
Norway are not required to do. Only six more days now…

Spent the early part of the day, generally
feeling sorry for myself and annoyed that I had to prepare for the presentation
on Wednesday. Had a little read-through of my own before going out for lunch.
Had hoped to get some food before meeting the girls, but all I could find was
some fruit. I am sick of the limited options provided to me by the three or
four Chinese restaurants in the compound. Everything is so fatty and
foul-smelling. Often the taste is nothing to write home about either. I yearn
for cooked, as opposed to all the fried, food and some fresh fish. I met the
girls at Starbucks, but this weekend is an official holiday in China and the
place was packed. It is some sort of Dragonboat festival thingy.

Instead, we sat down in my apartment and
started working on the presentation. I had already made some slides, but more
was needed. Sat around for a few hours doing that, before breaking up and going
our separate ways to practice.

Spent a quiet evening in the apartment.
Watched a movie. Looked over the presentation. Sent a few emails. Before you
know it, it was time for bed.

Asleep by 11 p.m. and ready for the final
week in China.