We have seen a lot of China over the past several weeks but none of that prepared me for Shanghai. Every other place we have been is still growing into something new or deliberately remaining ancient. Shanghai on the other hand is a truly vibrant metropolis with an energy that rivals the best cities of the west. During our visit, we spent some time in two markets, checked out the amazing skyline, and took a river boat cruise on Huang Pu river.
We have touched down in Shanghai after a little unpleasant turbulence and will be heading to our hotel.
Nothing could complete our time in Shenyang better than a home cooked meal. We were invited to the home of Caroline’s host family for our final dinner in Shenyang. It was our first dinner meal without a Lazy Susan but the table was plenty full.
This dish was refreshing and meaty all in one. On top of a lettuce leaf was sticky rice topped with beef that was marinated and pan fried. Added was a sprinkling of Japanese sesame shake (sesame seeds, salt, seaweed).
We gathered together to share some snacks and words of thanks for all who made this experience possible. Each EA student and his or her host made a statement generally in their non-native language. All of the statements were heartfelt expressions of appreciation for the great week we spent together.