Jan. 6th, 2010


Jan. 6th, 2010 02:51 pm
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Shanghai is still toe-numbingly brisk and the spicy, vinaigery broth from my noodles at lunch was notably hot going down as I sipped it. They put in extra baby bok choy, which made me happy. I had my monthly meeting out at the other university this morning and it was as unnecessary as usual- a formality to show the university that foreigners do all the right things I suppose-- though I did finally get my time table for next term. Nothing has changed, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I tried out the new metro line to get to the other university and it took about 50 minutes, door to door, which is about 20 or so minutes less than it used to be.  It's still an annoying journey, with an absurdly long and convoluted and poorly sign-posted transfer between line 9 and line 3. When I finally got to the line 3 platform after a ten minute walk and many flights of stairs and long draughty corridors, I could find no signs indicating whether I was on the northbound platform or southbound platform.  The two fellows at the metro map by the stairs somehow grasped my appalling attempt at asking directions and it turns out I had intuitively chosen the right platform. The trains are infrequent enough on that line as to make the crowds fierce and trains bursting.  I think I prefer my current 20 minute walk and twenty minute direct metro and five minute walk.

At home now with thawing toes, watching a YouTube documentary about North Korea, sipping some decent Argentinian red wine to celebrate my empty Wednesday and its continuation into the next semester, and nibbling on some of my left over Christmas gingerbread.

Things are okay.

The doc I'm watching (it's good)


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