So great to return to the amazing city of Shanghai! Mother and I were greeted at the airport by her high school bff and long time friend, Leanne. Leanne and her family were excellent hosts to us all week- showing us around a city of 23 million, taking us out for delicious eats, sharing their tips and tricks. Lots of shopping, people-watching, and sight seeing. Every day was fantastic.
|Xiao Ni, Leanne's cook taught us how to make dumplings! So so delicious. I miss her cooking!|
|Exhibit A: "Jiaozi".|
|And since we were in the neighborhood, decided to visit my students from a couple of years ago. So wonderful to reunite.|
|My classroom, now turned into a dormitory.|
|Bessie, one of the teachers.|
|Loved hanging out with Leanne's girls- Margaret and Sage. This is them, utilizing the dry ice remains from our Cold Stone.|
|Any good mother shows her child how to urinate in front of a business's entryway.|
|The Bund- Shanghai's historic district. Leanna took us in the evening for the most spectacular view.|
The non existent mirror that I thought was there. oops.
"Get down, cougs."
|Preparing to eat the only bad meal of our entire trip. It was dis-gus-ting.|
|Seeing Suzhou. A beautiful, quaint town of bridges and canals, just a train ride from Shanghai.|
|We tried lots of street food, which was (usually) delicious! These little crunchies- not so delicious.|
|Production of the dumplings . . .|
|I love this photo as well. Such a great trip to the Orient with Mother and the Erich family! So great to share the Chinese experience with Mum. Wo ai ni, Mama!!|