It’s a beautiful day out. It’s raining cats and dogs (or bikes and umbrellas, to give you and bit of a china visual)and I love it! I’ll bet if there were something I was obligated to do or even if I had to walk a block, I would not think it so lovely, but I wish you could all see it outside. I have no camera with me or you would. It’s thunderously raining and the passersby (passerbys?) are all either decked out in a brightly colored trashbag-style parka or are carrying a wild umbrella, most popularly with cartoon characters or flowers decorating them. The majority are on creaky, squeaky bikes, holding aloft the umbrella, dodging taxis and pedestrians. I’m very impressed.
I’ve been told this is the worst typhoon to come through Shanghai in 10 years. It’s a little disappointing, as we came to expect rather more from a storm during the typhoons in Japan. The wind shook our house up on the hill in Japan, here there is so far only rain, no thrashing branches.
I’ve been sitting here in the euro cafe for, uh, let me count..more than 3 hours, anyway. Ooh! It just got very, very dark! Now comes the storm! Every time the door to the cafe opens, somebody has to run over and mop up the small river that came in the door. This is totally cool! There’s nothing like traveling! Did I ever feel this excited in Portland? No. But will I ever feel as comfortable here as in Portland? We’ll see.
No news yet about that apartment (the 2nd one), but cross your fingers for us. It’s really nice and has a second bedroom for all the visitors we’ll be getting. Come on visitors! We want YOU.
Holy moly, it’s scary outside. I’m not sure how I’m going to get home. ‘Til next time…