In November 2004 we started the journey to bring a baby home from China ... five years later, in October 2009, we met Isobel Pingqin.
Our little livewire known as Izzy.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Shanghai - Day 14

Second last day – the time has gone so fast but I am looking forward to coming home.  Shanghai has been absolutely wonderful and I could stay here for 2 or 3 weeks to see everything there is to see – I’d just spend too much money at the shops.

This morning we went on the Maglev train – fastest commercial train in the world.  Top speed was 431km/hr but you wouldn’t have known you were going that fast because it was such a smooth ride.

Then back to the tailors market to collect all our clothes we had made, and a final group dinner.  We have been to the tailor’s market twice and the “fakes” market twice and our guide had warned us about pick pockets but we got though okay.   Not so lucky for one of the others in our group who had her purse stolen from her handbag.

Izzy hasn ‘t been well today and we have just returned from hospital.  She has been very wheezy and we’ve come home with four different medicines for her and she is now knocked out on the bed.  Dr said her cough will develop into Asthma if not treated so we’ll keep going with the medicine we got from hospital and I’ve already got an appointment with our GP for her on Tuesday.

Interesting comparison – we rang our guide to ask her to take us to hospital and translate for us.  She told me to have lots of money ready and my credit card.  Didn’t matter what it would cost because we have travel insurance.

So it came time to pay for the doctor, I’ve got my wad of cash ready, the cost was equivalent to $3 (three) Australian dollars.

Four different medicines, the cost is equivalent to about $14 Australian dollars.

I’m sure it is a lot of money for the locals. 

We get taxis all over the place and it only ever costs equivalent to about $3 – even when you’ve sat in the cab for about 30 mins, still only around $3.

We started packing our bags this afternoon, we’re worried about the weight of all our stuff.  I think we might be lucky and just scrape though. 
We have enough room in the bags, but will be close on the weight allowance.


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