Today we were out and about in China again. We went shopping in Wuai market and we went to the “Chinese Walmart”. The market is six buildings big, we only made it to the third floor of the first building. There is so much to look at, it’s overwhelming. Fashionista and I both bought some jewelry today and I’m sure we’ll be going back to explore the other five buildings.
To get to Carrefour, or the Chinese Walmart, we took a bus. (CFER here: To clarify, China does have the real “Walmart”. Carrefour is a French supermarket that is similar and has more import goods than the “real Walmart”.) This was our first bus ride in China. We got to Carrefour, but we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. It was like Black Friday shopping. A mad house. I don’t plan on making another trip there anytime soon.
Today was also a bit of an accomplishment. For those of you who know me very well, you know I have an extremely small bladder. Today, however, I managed to avoid all squatty potty usage, and held it until we got home. We were all proud of me.
Today was a fun filled, accomplished, adventure in Shen Yang!
Today we went to the Wuai Market. I got 4 pair of earrings and 2 bracelets for less than 8 dollars! It was pretty nice. I’ll say we shopped ’till we dropped… Literally. We all went to bed early tonight.
By the way, we didn’t get these ugly glasses. We just thought they were funny. Haha.
We also ate at a yummy place for lunch called Yoshinoya. Except for some kind of nasty cabbage stuf, that CFER and Carolina China Doll made me taste. It was disgusting.
We had our first bus ride experience today too!
Today fashionista, countryfriedeggroll, and I went to fashion street and did some shopping. It was extremely crowded and there were all sorts of things to buy!
This was definitely our kind of place. I left with a new sweater and wallet, and fashionista got a sweater as well. We will definitely be visiting fashion street again, there was so much I didn’t get to buy!!
On the way home we grabbed a McDonalds cheeseburger and a Starbucks coffee, which was very satisfying after a few hours of shopping.
Once we got back to the apartment, fashionista and I put on our running shorts and hit up the gym. Working out felt good. It had been awhile.
I would say we had an extremely productive day. Next time, however, I’ll get up earlier so we’ll have more time to shop!!
So apparently those creepy cat things in my last post are very popular here in China.
Today we went to MixC, a grocery store in the mall. All those happy kitties were displayed in that store for decoration. (Or to scare the crap out of you.)
We also found some yummy treats for mermaids.
Today we went to Xiao Dong. It’s a market of “little things”. You can find all kinds of things there.
Even creepy things…
We got out and about again today. We went to Xiao Dong to shop for school supplies. I have never seen so many notebooks in my life. This place was Staples or Office Depot times 10000000. After making our final decisions on notebooks and sketchbooks, we went upstairs to the toy floor.
After walking around for a little bit we came across this one booth (the guy in the picture). He was shouting at us, in Mandarin of course, but he was trying desperately to get our attention. Once we turned around he started playing with the monkey (also in the picture). We stood there for a second looking at him playing with it. He then proceeded to try to get us to come play with the monkey.
Either he was extremely bored, wanted to play with the white girls, or was desperately trying to sell something. Whatever his motive, the monkey wasn’t helping him. I, personally, was creeped out. Needless to say, Kensley and I walked off. Monkeyless.
I’ve grown!! Everything’s so tiny in China!
Today was an “adventure” day, we got out and about and had our first go around of the homeschooling experience. First we got ready to go meet one of Kristin’s friends for lunch. The sushi was amazing, but the bathrooms threw me for a loop….I used my first squatty potty today. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but maybe I just have better aim than those who have told me about them. After our food settled we headed out to get a massage, which was AMAZING. I will definitely be seeing the masseuse more often. Yay for Chinese massage prices too, I payed $12 (Dad, I know you liked reading that). To top the day off we had our first chemistry lesson with Dean Joe. And although its the first day of “school”, we already have homework. On the bright side though, I’m the teacher’s pet. Sorry, Fashionista.
We ate at a Japanese restaurant today that was so cool. I love the way everything was decorated.
Except for the bathrooms…
Yeah, their toilets are definitely in the ground. Needless to say I waited until I got home.
Even though its a drag that we had to start school today, I love the fact that we get to do school while in our pajamas.
Today was the first day Carolina China Doll and I went out into the city. (With CFER of course). We got the feel of how it is to walk everywhere. Which we don’t mind much, it gives us more to look at.
When we got to the mall they had so many clothes. Y’all should know we were ready to spend! We ended up buying a few things we couldn’t resist. We even bought matching scarves.
At about 11 am it started to snow. They say its a warm day in Shenyang if it snows, but I was too excited about the snow to even worry about how cold it was. We met a new family that moved here through Michelin and they had a really sweet daughter who was sixteen so hopefully we’ll get to do a few things with her.
Today was also the first day to eat real Chinese food. It was so good. You should also know that we aren’t shy about eating new things.
At 6 pm we got back to the apartment and by 8, we were both in bed. You can tell we had a productive day and were beyond pooped (and jet lagged).
Here are a few more snapshots of our day.