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Sunday in Shanghai

We slept in until about 9:30. Dan had to get Lisa (his 14-year-old daughter) a new cell phone, so didn’t pick us up until about noon. We met Sai and Sally (Dan’s oldest daughter) at a new restaurant called California 101. It is a Japanese restaurant. It had about 10 different buffet lines, with mostly seafood on them, such as many types of sushi, California rolls, whole crabs, and king crab. They also had a grill so they’d cook whatever you wanted. I tried two things I didn’t like: stomach lining and bone marrow in a gel. They were both very chewy with and odd taste. There were two stations full of gelato, a chocolate foundation, and many little bite-size desserts such as cheesecake and tiramisu. At the drink station, along with pop and juice, they had beer on tap and bottles of wine and champagne. Even Lisa had a glass of wine and of champagne. (There is no legal drinking age here.) All of this for about $15 each. The whole place was gorgeous, with black leather seats, glass tables, and lavender sheers draped from the ceiling.

Sally has been talking Chinese lessons here, for four hours every day. She is really good. She wants to come back to teach English after she graduates from college. I would really like to learn the language. It is certainly not like Europe, where everyone speaks some English.

After lunch, we walked around this shopping complex a bit. Sai showed us the grocery store and started telling us where to buy certain things at. They had some interesting items, such as a whole pig’s face smoked. It looked smashed, but everything, including the eyeballs, was still there. I took a photo of Dan holding it up.
We walked around more shops in the subway station. Jon and Dan went back to their apartment while Sai and I got our nails done. I had asked to get them filled, but this didn’t come across as they didn’t speak any English. I pointed a lot to try to explain and they said they could do it. I sat down and she started putting stuff on my nails and wrapping them in tin foil. Then we realized she was taking them off! I wasn’t too happy about that but it was too late. So now I have a manicure instead of acrylic nails. My real nails are so weak – they really need new fake ones.
This took so much longer than planned that we missed part of looking at apartments. Amanda, the manager of the apartment complex that Dan, Sai and Ning (Chinese engineer) live in, showed us several different apartments. The complex has a pool, a gym and a restaurant too. It is very nice.
After having tea at their apartment, they decided we needed to go to the spa. Spas are very big here. We went to Sai’s favorite one, Spa de Regent. The entrance was very impressive. Over half the room was a pond with lilies in it! Two wooden brings crossed the pond. When we walked up the stairs to go to the massage room, red tea lights were burning on both sides of each stair.
After we were finished, we went to a restaurant/bar called YeeHaws. It was a piece of Texas in Shanghai, complete with country music, and billed as such.

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