Is it all a dream? Final days in Shanghai.

Julia Cunningham is in the final days of her trip to Shanghai for the Chinese Language Summer Institute at Peddie's sister school, EFZ. Scroll down for her English translation of the Chinese text.

我还不知道现在我在那儿。我昨天晚上睡觉,今天我还是做梦。我想上海不可以是真的。我们每天起床以后有不同的经验。有一天我们在东方明注塔吃午饭,第二天我们上上海的农村挑选葡萄。(因为这个葡萄太贵了,所以我们不可以买。)
                今天因为天气应该有台风,所以我们改变我们的计划。(吃午饭的时候我们有些风和下雨。我想台风不在上海)。本来我们应该去无锡和苏州,但是这个地方是太远的,高老师想太危险。所以我们去一个地方比较近,叫朱家角。这是从古代的时间一个传统的中国城市。它又是小小的,又是漂亮的。它的名字很有意思。“朱”是一个姓的名字。家庭住在朱家角都喜欢有同的姓名字。“家”的意思是“家庭”。“角”是因为朱家角是不太大的。这个城市也叫“Oriental Venice” 因为里面有很多小的河和桥。农民用河为了带来他们的作物和他们的自己到海。现在,朱家角有它的古代的楼和桥,但是也有很多的供应商。他们卖很多便宜的东西。你也可以跟他们讨价还价。
在这里我们吃午饭的时候,龙飞吃一只乌龟。我们是有点失望的因为不可以旅游在无锡和苏州,但是我们很喜欢朱家角。但是我们的最喜欢的地方(我们很多次会这们地方)是地铁商场(在上海科技馆站)和正大广场(在陆家嘴站)。在地铁商场我们可以买了便宜的东西。这是因为所有的名牌的东西是假的。我知道我们喜欢讨价还价,因为在美国人们不可以。在正大广场我们常常吃晚饭。在这里面有八楼。四和八楼有餐点,另外八楼也有一个体育馆。在这里我们吃特别好吃的食品。现在我想我们不但知道上海,而且认识彼此。
为四个中学生,一个月在上海很有趣。我们有时候自己去“外面” (离开二附中的校园),有时候跟老师坐在地铁。我们有时候去博物馆,有时候去国际科学世博会。我们有很多经验有意思,也有些经验还可以。
两天后我们回来美国。这样我有点失望的,有点高兴的。我想如果我还有一个机会,我想要回来中国跟我的同学。

I still haven’t figured out that I’m in China. Not to mention that today is the second to last day that I will be in China. The amazing thing is that every day we wake up to a new experience. One minute we’re eating lunch in the Pearl TV Tower, the next we’re picking grapes in the countryside.
Today, because supposedly there was a typhoon on the way, instead of going to Wuxi and Suzhou we went to a little town called Zhujiajiao. There was no storm: only a little rain and wind, but it was better to be on the safe side.It is an ancient town that hasn’t been transformed that much except for the street vendors. Literally translated, the name explains the setting. Many families liked to share the last name “Zhu”, “jia” means “family”, and “jiao” means corner, denoting the smallness of the town. Despite our disappointment at not being able to see Suzhou and Wuxi, we still had a nice time at the beautiful town. We even crossed new boundaries when Phil ate a turtle during lunch.
In the end, I’m glad I took the opportunity to come on this trip. If I had another chance, I would definitely do it again.    

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