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Last Day at Shanghai

It was the best day at Shanghai, it was the hottest fire pot

How could it be? Today was our last day at Shanghai. We still had so many places that we could have and should have visited. There were still so many stores to shop at and so many restaurants to eat at. We made good use of the morning because Theresa insisted on going back to "Shan-Yang" (what my mother has been calling the Women's Alley) market to do some power shopping and bargaining. Theresa had a great time browsing and bargaining using a calculator. We then met with one of our relatives. Wei-Wei is the daughter of my mother's older sister. We took the underground and got off at People's Square. We had a nice lunch of stir-fried shrimps, egg rolls, noodles, etc. at a historical restaurant in the heart of Nanjing East Road, which was a very hectic street filled with tourists shopping and strolling along this pedestrian street. In the afternoon we visited my uncle #14 and aunt. It was suppose to be a 1-hour afternoon visit. Before you know it, we stayed for the whole afternoon. My cousin was also able to get off work early in order to visit with us. We even talked to my other cousin that's living in faraway Ninsha. Like me, he likes to take photographs too. I guess photography is in our genes :-) We were not going to stay long. However, we had such a good time getting to know each other. My uncle even prepared two different types of soup. He is quite a cook. We also enjoyed his famous peanuts. Theresa was also were presented with a few special gifts. We were invited to go out for a sumptuous firepot dinner at the "Little Fat Mutton." Wow, it was HOT. My mouth burned. This also turned out to be my downfall. For the following 7 days or so I had the most severe and embarrassing cold sore ever in my life! No matter. Theresa and I were touched deeply by the sights, sounds, and the warm feelings that we experienced in Shanghai. Though it was our last day at Shanghai, we knew that we will make many return visits to Shanghai in the coming years.

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