Last Saturday, we spent the day around Shanghai doing a scavenger hunt of different places and completing some tasks. We made it to the top of the World Financial Tower, an amazing piece of architecture and very tall. The 360 degree view was amazing. We also made it to the fake market by the Science and Technology Museum subway stop and the Xiantiandi area full of swanky shops and restaurants. We walked all around the city. We were so exhausted from walking in the heat so we stopped our tour there and went home to the apt. for relaxation and enjoyed a tasty meal from a nearby restaurant in our neighborhood.
Sunday me and Joe ventured out to a water town, we were hoping to get to Zujaijio but got to the bus station at the wrong time finding out they take only one bus in the morning. So instead we took Line 9 on the subway to a closer water town called Qibao. It was tucked away and full of shops and Chinese tourists. We took a boat up and down the little river streaming through and the boat was paddled by a Chinese woman pumping the oar up and down. It was also really hot that day and I finally got some tan lines during my time here. We headed home and rested up with some dinner and relaxation in preparation for my last days at work.
On Monday night, Vincent wanted to treat me to some Western food before I left. He took me to a Texas BBQ place. He surprised me by inviting my friend Janee to join us for a BBQ sandwich and drinks. It was a fun evening and it was nice being able to have a non-work related dinner with Vincent before I left. He has been so accommodating to my stay here in China and I don't think I will ever be able to repay him for all he has helped me and shown me in China.
Tuesday night me and Tyler went to the blind massage place for my last massage. It was a wonderful hour. I am going to miss this very cheap weekly luxury.
I ended the workweek on Wednesday. I have completed all my projects and now all that is left for me to do is meet David and Grace in MN for the vendor conference I will be working at with them. It was sad to say goodbye to everyone on Wednesday, my entire company was so nice to me and it is going to be weird not sitting in my desk every morning with a cup of Chinese tea to start out my morning. They all gave me hugs and followed me on the way out the door to my last shuttle bus ride back to the subway
Last night (Thursday), Tu my friend at CSB is interning in Hong Kong this summer came to visit Shanghai so I picked her up at the airport in the afternoon and we spent the evening with my friend Janee. We met her at her company and bought some coffee and enjoyed a much needed manicure and pedicure. Then, we went two shops over and got our hair braided at a beauty shop that Janee frequents all the time. It was a really fun evening and we ended it with a boat cruise tour on the Pudong River while it was raining and a delicious dinner of craw fish and mussels and clams on a popular street down by the Bund. It was a perfect night.
Tonight we have celebration of our internships here in Shanghai and a farewell for me. We will have a group of 15 eating dinner at a Tapanyakki and out and about afterwards. Our bosses and friends we have made along the way are joining us along with Tu and three other CSB/SJU students who are arriving today who have been doing research this summer. It is going to be a great final hoorah.
That is it for now and I will be finishing this blog with a couple more entries on my experience and a few more pictures when I return and settle back into the homeland. Thanks for following my adventures and stay tuned!