( Actually, it’s hard to believe that it’s already a week since I first arrived to China! )

And the journey didn’t start that well…

On the 29th of June, I stayed up all night to finish all the necessary packing. Still, I somehow managed to leave the house slightly too late in the morning, I accidentally broke a mirror while going through the doors and I arrived at the train station 2 minutes after the train had left…

And then, a train to Gatwick, a 6 hours-long flight to Dubai (5785 km) and another 8 hours-long flight to Shanghai Pudong, where there was already a person from the school waiting for me. 🙂 We had a nice chat, went to pick up Rosa, who is another trainee working with me, and headed to the hotel where we stayed for the next two nights.

As we were all very hungry, we decided not to waste any time and try some Chinese food straight away.

Menu Shanghai Specialties China Dumplings

An interesting thing about ordering food is that you have to write down the order by yourself. That is, they give you a special form where you have to mark the meals you want to have. And it’s all in Chinese (at least the one we got), which is definitely not a good thing if you’re a foreigner. 🙂

After going through the menu, I decided to try Fried noodles with beef slices and here’s what I got:

Fried Noodles with beef slices Shanghai China photo
Delicious!

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And finally, on our way back to the hotel, I took a few shots of Shanghai at night (although I still need to figure out how to use my Nikon D80 up to its full potential) :

Shanghai at night China photo

Shanghai at night 1

Checked my e-mails, figured out how to connect to Facebook (The Great Firewall of China is doing an incredibly good job: no YouTube, no Twitter, no Facebook, no blogs, and even the google.com doesn’t appear to be working well), took a shower and then….

the long awaited sweet sleep!