I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous when we first arrived in Shanghai-Pudong Airport, but once I met my partner and his family I instantly felt at home. My first night with my host family was definitely a new experience for me and was a perfect introduction to China and its culture.
After a long day of traveling my host family was incredibly gracious. My host father spoke very broken English and my host mother didn’t speak English at all, but my partner was able to help me communicate with them.
|The Songjiang Mall on this corner is a very common style in |
Songjiang - I probably saw over a dozen of them.
|This is the outside of the Chinese Medicine shop that we visited. |
It looked very traditional compared to other buildings in Songjiang.
After our meeting we went to a Hot Pot restaurant to have lunch. Hot Pot is basically when you take raw meats, seafood, and vegetables and put them into boiling soup and then eat them. There are so many ingredients that you can use. My host family and I ate a lot of different things including: shrimp, ox tongue, beef, lettuce, fish and shrimp balls, and even frogs legs. I loved Hot Pot because you could try so many different things all at once.
|This is our table with all of the hot pot items we ordered! It|
was really cool to see all of the different things used for
the hot pot.