26.06.2012 - 28.06.2012
Day 155 – Tuesday 26th June
I overslept my alarm this morning, I think that’s genuinely the first time I’ve ever done that in my life, just shows how bloody tired I am at the moment I guess. Either way, by the time I did get up it was too late for me to get to the visa place before it closed, so I will have to go to pick that up tomorrow. On top of that, it was pissing down with rain, so even if I had got up on time I doubt I would’ve been able to summon up the strength to go out in that weather! It’s been super cloudy the last couple days and everyone’s just been waiting for this storm to come, and I can’t emphasise enough just how much fucking rain there was all day. So I camped out in my room for pretty much all the afternoon just sitting on my laptop. Everything didn’t really kick off until about 6, I was just sitting there minding my own business when these 3 students started talking to me, 2 guys and 1 girl. It’s currently summer holidays for colleges in Chia at the moment, but they’re all here in Shanghai to study English at a special college for 2 months! God Chinese people just work way too hard, their days are 9-5:30, and they’re on holiday for crying out loud, don’t know how we can complain in England we have it way too easy I swear. Anyway, they used me for some English experience, ‘may we speak with you our English is very poor’ literally every Chinese person opens with that line, it’s too classic. So anyway we talked for a while, and I asked them if they had eaten yet and they all said yes, but said if I was hungry they would take me out, jackpot! So I assume we would just go to a restaurant around the corner, but they hail down a cab and take me to a super nice restaurant where they order some amazing food (can’t remember what it was) and despite the fact that none of them ate a thing, I didn’t pay. Boy am I gonna miss that about china! After dinner the 2 guys wanted to head back to study, but the girl felt like doing something, so we picked up an umbrella and went for a walk around Shanghai. We were trying to find something to do, e.g. a cinema or something, but eventually just walked far enough that we ended up by the river, which is by far the best part of shanghai. The views from both sides are just awesome, even if the view is ruined a bit by torrential rain, and we had to wade through the water just to get there. After a while, we were both soaked and cold, so we hopped in a cab home, guess who paid. All in all it was a really nice evening, I love shanghai at night and it’s always fun learning more about how student life is in china. Came back and sat drinking with a couple of the hostel guys, had about ¾ of a bottle of gin, whoops going to regret that in the morning.
Day 156 – Wednesday 27th June
Had to wake up early today to finally pick up this bloody visa and unsurprisingly I woke up feeling very worse for wear after last night’s antics. Managed to get myself to the visa place and picked up my passport, the visa doesn’t actually say it’s a 60 day visa, but we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it, either way everything is sorted and all I have to do is make it to Macau by the 4th of July. Came back to the hostel and went straight back to bed, didn’t get up until around 4 and then spent a couple of hours just watching shit on my laptop, and then the students all got back from school around 6. The 2 guys just went straight upstairs to the room to hit the books, I know they have to work hard but Shanghai is a cool place and it seems like such a waste to be sitting at school all day and then working all night. Saying that I don’t really get out of the hostel too much, the weather isn’t great at the moment but it’s definitely my laziness which is the overriding factor. Anyway, so the 2 guys fucked off straight away, so me and the girl just sat around, I helped her a bit with her English homework, but after a while that just got boring so we went out to get some dinner. I paid and she was like no you can’t I will buy you a meal tomorrow etc. don’t worry, it was a cheap restaurant, you need to play your cards at the right time, I can cash her offer in at a nice restaurant tomorrow. Just kidding, I’m not that evil, I don’t mind paying for dinner for her, and she’s bloody good looking at the end of the day. After dinner we went for a walk, and sat in a park for a while just shooting the shit and stuff. After a good 3 hours or so we headed back to the hostel, as it was quite late and she has to get up early for school in the mornings. So I just spent the rest of the night hanging out with that Indian guy and then went to bed.
Day 157 – Thursday 28th June
Actually did something in the day today, although it was a completely fruitless mission. I went to the train station to finally buy my ticket outta here, been hanging around in Shanghai for way too long now. Anyway I tried to get a ticket for the 1st and the guy just said no, either he had no tickets or I can’t buy them more than 2 days in advance or something, so I’ll have to go back again tomorrow. After that massive exertion of effort, I had to come back and sit down! There are so many funny things that happen in China, and I always forget to mention them, so as my days are very boring at the moment I might as well mention a really good one. For my first few weeks I China I noticed that the people always aid the word ‘nigger’ like always, has to be the most common word, but I just never asked so as I say for a good 3 weeks I just kept hearing the word ‘nigger’ and wasn’t sure if it was just blatant racism or not. Anyway, eventually someone told me it was when they would have a pause, so the equivalent in English would be hmm, as if the language isn’t hard enough they have a 2 syllable word just to have a pause in a sentence. Anyway, thought people should know that one, it really is funny hearing that word every 2 seconds, can’t get over it, even when they speak English it comes out, if they ever go to England I hope someone tells them to try and stop it, because I’m sure you could get stabbed for that in London. Back to my day, once the guys got back from school, me and the girl headed up to Nanjing road (the famous street next to the river on the other side) got a really nice dinner and then went to walk by the river. I think it was the first thing I saw when I came to Shanghai, and it really is the most important thing to see in this city, but it is way too touristy, and you literally have to push your way through people just to see the bloody river, and it was raining unfortunately. We saw the view from the other side the other day as well, and I would argue it’s actually nicer from there, because you see the famous road rather than the view from it. After the customary pictures, we headed off to go to a club. Forgot to mention, we got the metro to go there, and the girl tells me she’s never been on a metro before, as she has a driver and when he’s busy she will get a taxi! So I had no hard feelings having this daddy’s girl pay for me, in China all kids are spoilt rotten, and the excuse is the whole one child thing, they always say my parents only have one child and they don’t want anything to happen. Yes, because having a backup makes it all better, what ridiculous thinking! So for that reason she’s never been to a club either because her dad is worried about her. So I took her to a ladies’ night club so that we could get some free drinks (she doesn’t drink, so all hers would be mine) but unfortunately the club was terrible. The music was really cheesy rap and the place was pretty much empty so we left pretty much as soon as we got there. We got to the metro station as the last train left which was bloody frustrating as it meant having to get a cab all the way home. She fell asleep in the cab as well, so I had to foot the bill. All in all it was a fun night, just shouldn’t have bothered going to that club. I’ll try somewhere different tomorrow.