Just before handing the modem back
Tue 27 Feb 2007 8 °C
Well, I'm off! I woke up this morning to return the modem, so I thought I'd post a little something letting everyone know what's going on. Here's the plan, Stan!
1. Return modem at about 9AM. Receive Y300 deposit back, yay!
2. Kill a little time maybe, until an early lunch time at 11:00.
3. Make tracks to get myself into the city with all my bags (Malcolm is going to help me) and to the airport link bus stop for the 1PM bus.
4. Get to the airport around 2PM, one hour before my departure time.
5. Check in and wait around for my 2:55 flight.
Then there's the flight, which will be nearly two hours, and that's sort of boring so I won't bother talking about how that will go (find seats, eat peanuts, etc.)
Then in Shanghai, the friend I'm staying with is unable to meet me at the airport, but he's given me good instructions as to how to get into the hotel he will be working at. It requires taking the Magnetic levitation airport express train (whee!), transferring to the Metro, and then taking the train a couple of stops into the center of Shanghai, where he will be waiting for me outside the hotel.
That, or I decide my Y300 deposit money would be better spent than saved and I get myself a taxi to the hotel because my bags prove to be too heavy or annoying.
Two friends from Xi'an are in Shanghai travelling at the moment, and really only one viable day (tomorrow) crosses over, so I'm going to give them a ring tonight and arrange to meet up. They're staying in the campus accommodations at the Shanghai Jiaotong University, which is pretty cool! It also seems they have the internet in their room, so they are well set up. I found online that there's a nice river cruise you can take down the Hungpu river for Y120 for a 3.5 hour trip, so I thought I might do that with them seeing as they have already done all the other things on my list.
Then there will be museums and shopping streets and the Jin Mao Tower view, and the Bund (I have procured a walking map that shows you where you can see the Bund best from the opposite side; there's a Starbucks and Hagen Daaz that you can just sit in for hours, which sounds pretty awesome to me! Other than that there's a historical park in the old section of the town, and old residences of Sun Yat-Sen and Zhou En-lai, and another pretty park in the French Concession area. There'll be plenty for me to do and see, fill up my days with.
If there's nothing (or if this sniffle I seem to have acquired plagues me more than necessary), I'm sure my friend has the internet at home, so I'm sure I'll be able to post something just before I come home.
IN FOUR DAYS!!!!!!