#tbt 2 weeks ago.  This city and this summer were amazing, but soon it’s back to Bates!  (at The Bund)

#tbt 2 weeks ago. This city and this summer were amazing, but soon it’s back to Bates! (at The Bund)


This apartment.  This view.  This city.

This apartment. This view. This city.


Studying Chinese cooking with my co workers #很好吃

Studying Chinese cooking with my co workers #很好吃


This city can turn anyone into an architecture fangirl #shanghai (at Lujiazui, Pudong)

This city can turn anyone into an architecture fangirl #shanghai (at Lujiazui, Pudong)


Part of our trip to Jiaxing (see previous post) included a visit with my friend’s college roommate.  She lives in an apartment that overlooks a replica of the French Arc-de-Triomphe (oh, China) but her parents live about 20 minutes outside the city and have a small farm.  They sell peaches and grapes by the roadside.  There is truly nothing better than biting into a slice of juicy peach, warmed by an afternoon displayed in the sun, handed to you by a sweet old Chinese woman.  We got a small tour of the garden, and picked a big basket of grapes, which they generously sent us home with. Also, a large bag of peaches!  It was one of my best days of the summer, and a good reminder of how different China is outside of Shanghai’s bubble.  This was by no means a rural farming village like those that I visited in Yunnan last fall, but I was also one of the few foreigners there.  My Chinese friend asked me on the train ride home whether I had become used to the stares I get in China. I said that most of the time I don’t notice them in Shanghai, but that I usually think I am doing something wrong or look funny when it does.  She smiled knowingly, used to the phenomenon since she is dating an American guy.  I don’t enjoy the attention, feeling it is rather undeserved, but I guess I don’t mind it either.  At the farm stand a man put his nikon lens right up into my face as I bit into a juicy peach, only later explaining to my friend that he was a reporter for the local newspaper.  He said a picture of a foreigner enjoying the local peaches would be great in the paper.  I half joked that next year I would come back and see my face on a billboard outside the town…I really hope it doesn’t come true.  

Big hugs to everyone at home!  Less than two weeks until I am back on the same continent as you!

xoxo

Rachel


Exploring Jiaxing 嘉兴 with a friend this past weekend.  A small city an hour outside of Shanghai (by slow train, 30 minutes by fast train) with a lovely old town, delicious local food, and secret gardens to explore.  The heat kept our pace slow, but it felt so nice to get out of the city for a day and relax on the water.  


Some photos of the apartment, by request, and a lovely sunset walking home from work.


A perfect secret garden  (at 西塘古镇)

A perfect secret garden (at 西塘古镇)


Picking grapes! (at 嘉兴)

Picking grapes! (at 嘉兴)