So for our first weekend in Shanghai, we decided to have our chinese speaking guides (people from Scott's company) show us some of the tourist sites and some of the places that were on our list of things to see in case we move here.
On Saturday we went to Nanjing Lu, which is the equivalent of the Magnificent Mile in Chicago - only 100 times more crowded and insane. While we were there we stopped for lunch at some kind of, almost, italian restaurant that was inside a department store. Also in that department store was a cream puff stand. I ate the best cream puff I have ever had and it was bigger than my fist! We also went to the bund (riverfront) and then finally, IKEA. IKEA Shanghai is exactly like IKEA in Schaumburg, but with a billion more people. Check out the picture of the couch section - every couch had people sitting on it. We also went to the most ginormous grocery store I have ever seen.
Today we took the subway to Yu's Garden. This was the first place that we've actually seen old Chinese architecture. It was pretty amazing. Surrounding Yu's Garden are a million little shops full of all kinds of tourist goodies. This afternoon I decided to hike to the grocery store by myself and navigate through it. If you ignore the scary things (meat goobers with bone, jellyfish, chicken feet, etc), its actually a fabulous place.
All in all it was a bit of an exhausting weekend. I am starting to think we might be able to survive here...and maybe even like it.