Heading back to the United States went pretty smoothly but wasn't without some hiccups.[More]
This was my last day in Shanghai, so we knocked off a couple of items on my to-see list.[More]
Today we decided to take a train to a neighboring city to get more of the "traditional" China atmosphere.[More]
Since the last three days had been pretty exhausting and involved a lot of heat and a lot of walking, we decided to take it easy today. We slept in and decided to head to People's Square, a park with a bunch of (air conditioned) museums.[More]
As I mentioned before, the Expo was too large to do in one day so we decided to pick up where we left off and go another day. We were able to see several country's pavilions including our own - The United States.
As we went to handful of pavilions of English-speaking countries we learned a secret that we wish we knew the other day -- engage the pavilion hosts in conversation and they'll give you a free flag pin. In Canada, I thought the guy was just being nice but after it happened a couple of other times in different pavilions it seemed to be "a thing". It was a secret too, (shhh), as they asked us to discreetly put in the pin in our pocket. Otherwise there probably would have been a mob. I figured it's okay to let the cat out of the bag now since the Expo is ending in a few weeks.[More]
This day involved a LOT of walking, but I got to see three neighborhoods: The Bund, Pudong, and Old Town.[More]
We spent 2 days at Expo 2010, because after the 1st day we quickly realized it's impossible to do in a day. In fact, we probably only saw a quarter of it after two. It was gigantic. There were over 120 buildings and covered roughly 2 square miles. It was so big there was a dedicated subway line, ferry service, and several bus routes just inside the Expo grounds.
It surprisingly felt uncrowded, however. There were about 200,000 people both of the days that we went, but spread out across that whole area, it was relatively empty and for the most part calm.
It was also surprisingly cheap. Tickets were only about $25 USD for a day. A bottle of water or Coke was only 75 cents USD (take a hint: US theme parks!). Meals were not that expensive either.
It was very warm. About 85 degrees Fahrenheit both days. This allowed us to discover the habit that Chinese men had in hiking their shirts to their armpits, which a majority should not have been doing. Women carried shade umbrellas. Instead of following along, we opted for the covered walkways. Queue lines were nice because they were all covered by misting tents.[More]
I arrived at Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 5:30am on Saturday, September 4th. I couldn't find the really cheap lot F (the signs were bad, it was dark, and I was tired) so I ended up parking in longterm lot E. It was 55 degrees outside, so I froze as I walked to the tram to bring me to the gates. I went to the Continental checkin area just to find out that my flight is *technically* operated by United airlines, so I had to get back in the tram and head to another terminal. Frustrating.[More]