你好! We are in China. I hope that actually says “ni hao” — Google Translate appears to be blocked here, which is just mean.
Let’s back up. We finished off our month in Italy with a week of travel to Florence and Rome. My most important update from this time is that we discovered an under-appreciated masterpiece in the Florence museum that houses David and his “technically good physique” … a Giotto painting depicting Jesus, nonchalantly throwing up the peace sign as he ascends to heaven.
Anyways, several days ago, we were minding our own business in our hostel after a day of touring the Vatican, idly checking the time of our flight to Shanghai two days later… when we realized, “Oh no! Our flight is not two days later! We’re flying to China tomorrow!”
So we did. A lot of whirlwind hours and a delayed plane in Doha later, we arrived in Shanghai. We’re staying in a sweet hostel downtown, where the signs on the walls have friendly English greetings from the hostel’s various features. “Hi,” says one sign, with a picture of a smiley face, “I am coffee! I am member of breakfast!” “Hi, Everybody,” says another, “First, my name is minibus. Why my here?”
We only have one bed, but it’s plenty big. And our host bought us a microscope the first day, so we’re on our way to a sweet in-hostel laboratory set-up. We can only wonder what housekeeping thinks of us.
Day one, down. Five weeks to go!