Shanghai Zoo

The first day we arrived into Shanghai I spotted a place I definitely wanted to go: the Shanghai Zoo! Last Sunday we fulfilled my little dream and walked to the zoo by foot as it’s not far from our compound. The entrance fee is very cheap – only 40RMB! First we went through the section with the…

Former French Concession

Yesterday, I visited the Former French Concession area for the first time and met one of my former Chinese class mates from university, who lives in Shanghai. I took the metro line 10 to Shanghai Library, which is a great starting point for the quieter area of the Former French Concession. Inside the metro station…

First weekend in Shanghai – Longbai & The Bund

On our first weekend in Shanghai, we started off with a guided tour in the morning through the district we now live in: Longbai. You can see its’ Korean influence especially in the Korean characters displayed above the various Korean restaurants. We’ve discovered yet another small market where you can buy all sorts of fish,…

Our first two days in Shanghai

That’s it – we made it! After having a mini panic attack at the airport and on the plane as we realised that we’re actually leaving the continent (which feels like moving to another planet) and an 11 hours direct flight, we finally arrived to Shanghai. So far, we love it! It seems to be…

Phew! Flights booked…

For most people this happens rather further in advance. If you’re planning a big holiday, the process of booking a flight early not only ensures the best price but also gives you several months of looking forward to the trip to get excited about. We, on the other hand, are booking our flights only 3…

It’s… almost… Facebook official!

For various reasons, we, and I in particular, have been putting off telling people openly about the Shanghai move. It feels a bit like leaving a party early – a bit… awkward. And due to work and visas and people we might potentially upset, we’ve held out on a public ‘Facebook’ announcement until now that…

All set… are we?

Growing up in the EU, I had completely forgotten (or ignored) the fact, that you actually need to get a working visa if you want to work in another country, that does not belong to the EU. (It will be interesting, or rather daunting, to see, how this will change in the UK after the big…