In the movie Ferris Beuller’s Day off, Mathew Broderick plays a high school senior who plays hooky and samples the best of Chicago in one day. When I learned that I would have a free day last Thursday, I asked myself,
“If Ferris lived in Shanghai, what would he do?” I made a list of the things I have wanted to do since I moved here and geared up for my day off!
|Frommer's helped me plan my free day! If you are going to be an expat (or already are), I highly suggest grabbing a copy of this or a similar book|
9:30 AM- I realize it’s time to get moving.
After catching up with my shows online, I rolled out of bed and stumbled to my dining room to find this view.
|To quote Ferris, there is no way I could POSSIBLY be expected to handle school on a day like this.|
It was time to explore!
10:25- I finally catch a cab and head to my first destination, the K11 Art Mall
For the past month or so, I have wanted to catch the Monet exhibit at the K11 Art Mall, but I heard the lines were awful. I figured that if I visited on a weekday morning, the exhibit wouldn’t be as crowded. Fortunately I was correct!
|I was quite pleasantly surprised that I only waited 5 minutes to enter the exhibit. The show was worth the 100RMB admission.|
|The exhibition included some paintings by some of Monet's impressionist friends. This portrait of the artist was painted by Renoir.|
|The paintings on display spanned Monet's lifetime and included caricatures, portraits and landscapes. At first I was concerned that I wouldn't see any of his Water Lilies paintings.|
|I was thrilled to see some of his Water Lilies in the second room of the exhibit! Unfortunately, no photography was allowed so I had to snap this on my iPhone and run.|
After I was finished with Mr. Monet, it was time for a pedicure.
12:03- I make it 3 minutes late to my pedi appointment.
Fortunately, Jack and Chu at American Style Nails were able to squeeze me in for a much needed pedicure.
|I was so excited to get a pedi! Life has been pretty busy lately, so I was glad for the chance to catch up with Jack and Chu.|
If you are looking for a good, cheap, hygienic pedicure this is the place to go!
1:15- I take a trip to the top of Shanghai.
During our 22-month stint in Shanghai, Chris and I had yet to travel to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, aka the bottle opener.
|Many people call the Shanghai World Financial Center the bottle opener because of it's shape.|
|After a 94 floor ride up a psychedelic elevator, I took an escalator to the 100th floor to get a good view of Shanghai.|
|Unfortunately, fog had rolled in during the early afternoon so my pictures weren't as good as I would have liked them to be. I did get this decent picture of the neighboring Jin Mao tower.|
|If you have a fear of heights, don't look down!|
|Even on a dreary day, the skyline was beautiful.|
|My tour included a cocktail that tasted like cough syrup. The view was spectacular, however.|
|When you visit the bottle opener, make sure you get your sheet of coupons for the shops on the first three floors of the tower. I love how one can use this coupon to get a discount on PM2.5 masks.|
The trip to the top was fun, however this activity is better for a clearer day.
2:50- I have high tea at the Jasmine Lounge in the Fairmont Peace Hotel.
After all of my sightseeing, I was a tad hungry so I headed to the Fairmont Peace Hotel for tea. I had a lovely time listening to sitar music and stuffing myself with lovely little tea sandwiches and pastries.
|The marble floors, murals, and moldings provided an ideal setting for tea.|
|The folks at the Jasmine Lounge got out the fancy china for tea.|
|I was full after my first course of savory finger sandwiches.|
|In spite of the fact that I was already full, I had to try the deserts! I was so stuffed with scones, cakes, and other goodies at the end of my meal. This is an experience that is best for more than one person.|
The price of the tea experience was a little hefty, but I am glad I had high tea at least once.
4:05- I head home to take the dogs out and study a little bit of Chinese.
I couldn’t be completely irresponsible. The little guys need food, and I had Chinese class the next day.
|I WILL learn this language. I WILL learn this language.|
6:00- I catch up with some friends at Sushi’O
The only bummer about this day was all of my friends were working or traveling, so I had to have my day off solo! Fortunately, I was able to meet some friends for dinner at Sushi’O!
|After all of my exploring, it was great to catch up with friends.|
|I even managed to eat a Philharmonic Roll and edamame after my tea feast.|
8:30- I finally make it home, double-check my lessons for the next day, and head for bed.
While this adventure was fun, I was exhausted at the end of the day. I highly recommend making and executing your own Ferris list!