Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Day in Shanghai

We did some sightseeing yesterday. Nothing major, no amazingly scenic trips or journeys to far-off places. Just a quick trip to the science and tech museum. But first, lunch at the Bund.

Eating at small restaurants is always an experience, and this one proved to not break the mold. We had some potatoes and green peppers (which aren't the nice sweet bells, but rather the really spicy green peppers), some vegetable that I don't know the name of, and some shrimp dumplings that I, of course, didn't touch. The food was good, but I'm not sure it's healthy to have potatoes drenched in that much butter. That's probably why the food was so good.

We'd thought we'd take the subway across the river to get to the tech museum, but on our way we found the 'sightseeing tunnel' across the river instead. We were being all touristy and everything (I even brought my camera for the day), so we figured we might as well go all-out. We've decided that our tour book was right. It certainly leaves you speechless. But at least there're lots of pretty lights. Otherwise, there's not much I can say. Something you have to see to believe, but have problems believing even then.

The tech museum itself was nice, although too large for us to completely see in a single afternoon. We saw the animal exhibit, with fake animals from all over the world. Looked at all sorts of life, and found that fake caves inside of buildings aren't nearly as scary as real caves. Even if they are filled with (fake) bats. We shrank to the size of viruses. And then we got to look at some spiders.

Sadly, the moon walk was 'in maintenance', but we did get to ride along on a strawberry going through a giant digestive system. (That guy really needs to see someone, though. Jaws shouldn't squeak so badly.) We saw a robot shoot a bow, another play a piano, and Liz lost a game to yet another. It didn't help that the robot was playing Connect Four while Liz tried to play Go.

We also remembered yet again that taxis are really good, and a few bucks isn't a bad price to save aching feet. Subways are fun and all, but it can be quite a walk from the station to the apartment.

We should be getting our paperwork done sometime really soon-like, so maybe we can start some real traveling in a couple more weeks.


HilbertAstronaut said...

Dude, you're in _Shanghai_, you should try the dumplings!!! The ones with the liquid center are supposed to be excellent. (They fill them with a little glob of gelatinized soup before steaming them.) You'll pay good money for them but it's worth it.

Silik said...

Oh, I've had dumplings. Meat, vegetable, just not seafood.

Ick, seafood.

HilbertAstronaut said...

Alas, this "ick X" attitude will result in a drastic limitation of potentially interesting experiences...