I took a couple of days off last week to clear the remainder of my annual leave from last year. On Thursday, I went to the bank to pay my US visa application fee so that I could secure an interview appointment earliest possible (which has been confirmed for 12 July, at 13:45). After that, I met up with Lynnette. As usual, we went bonkers with stupid ideas for a range of things from designing her new apartment to my potential stint at Shanghai’s Disneyland (and fan-powered Cinderella dress!). Ah, dreamers.
On Friday, I hit Xitang, a watertown I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I saw it featured on one of the TV series back in Singapore. I didn’t think I needed to stay overnight, so I chose to rise early to catch the 8:47 bus from Shanghai South Station. It took about an hour to get to Xitang from Shanghai, much quicker than I’d anticipated.
I then bought at 16:40 ticket for Shanghai’s main bus station near the main railway station in the city center (BIG mistake. The return journey was a pain, what with the rain and massive traffic jam. It took 2.5 hours. I really should have chosen Shanghai South instead, which lies on the fringe of the city, and that means I’d have escaped part of the jam).
Despite the less than satisfying ending, my tour of Xitang was quite lovely. I spent about 6 hours there, 3 of which were spent navigating the many bridges and narrow lanes, while the other 3 were spent inside the Momi Cafe creating a couple of new sketches.