|Chairman Mao at the uni|
|Pudong district buildings and the Huangpu River from the Bund|
|Huge duck, Fangsheng Park|
Anyway, up to that point the trip went well. We got to see a little of the city (vast, smog-lidded, high rise blighted) and we enjoyed the International Short Story Conference as always. It's lovely to re-connect with old friends/short story lovers.
|My fave thing and I didn't have much :(|
|Jetlag, oncoming illness, and pre ice-cream mania...|
|Large waffle cone in YooShake - is this the food poisoning culprit?!!|
|Ann Luttrell at Dashu Wujie|
|Baby courgettes and mushrooms|
|Jamie O'Connell introducing me and Alan McM|
|Me reading my story 'Napoli Abú' from the conference anthology|
|Tracey Slaughter, NZ|
|NZ panel: Tracey Slaughter, Jack Ross, Frankie McMillan,|
Leanne Radojkovich, Bronwyn Lloyd
|Clark Blaise, Robert Olen Butler, Gish Jen and Yiyun Li|
Shanghai was as hectic and strange as I'd expected (it was my first time to Asia). The clichés stand up: lots of overloaded bicycles transporting odd goods; funny signs 'translated' into English; lots of hawking, nose-clearing and spitting; copious amounts of bullfrog and pig intestine on restaurant menus; a sweet and friendly populace.
|Welcome sign in the s/c beside our hotel|
|Sugar Report - a café in the s/c and its cryptic/appropriate message|
|A very empty Shanghai Tesco|
|The whole 10 Yuan shop (or a €1.40 shop)|
Because my eating forays were so haphazard over there, I took pics of cakes especially for John Foyle, who always enjoys the foodie aspect to my travel posts. Here you go, John. Enjoy!
|Chocolate bread at Ichido, French bakery|
|Cream buns at Ichido|
|Bun(ny) - I was too sick to eat anything but his bready ears :(|