The Bund

Thanks to our friends Melissa and Lenny, Jim and I had our first real date since we moved to Shanghai. Jameson helped hail a taxi on our way to the Martinez family apartment in Yanlord. You know you are raising a city kid when you say, “let’s go” and he says “Taxi, Chūzū chē” then affectivity assists you in hailing a taxi.


Since our anniversary was in July, we decided to celebrate by visiting the Bund in Puxi and trying a fabulous French restaurant called Jean George. To learn more about The Bund, click here.



 
Although I did not make reservations until the day before our date, I was still able to secure a table with a view of the Pearl Tower. We had a set menu which included an amuse bouche that definitely amused our mouths using Thai flavors with a French twist.

 

Jim and I ordered practically the same thing without knowing it. The New Zealand lamb was mouth watering, and the crispy crab cake had fabulous contrast in taste and texture! Jim could not help but order the ice cream for desert with a beet garnish, as beet ice cream has been a family joke since he learned to detest beets as a child. I had an amazing mango soufflé of which there are no pictures because it disappeared before my camera appeared.

 

After dinner we joined thousands of tourists who take a romantic stroll
along the Huangpu River on The Bund with a gorgeous view of Pudong.


After failing to hail a taxi (perhaps Jameson should have come with us!) we decided to take a ferry back to the Pudong side of the river.


 
Six months ago today, we arrived in Shanghai with absolutely no idea what our lives would look like here. In some ways, I still have no idea what my life looks like. We are enjoying the ride and learning not to care so much about how things look while not looking inward as much as we are looking upward.

There are days when I tell Jim that “I want out of the fish bowl” and wish that we could live a more private life without the constant attention foreigners seem to draw. But then we have such wonderful experiences, like visiting the Bund, that makes our time here valuable and life changing.





4 comments

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    Beautiful photos! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and were able to get some alone time. I can only imagine what it's like to live day in and day out in a fish bowl. Our time in China was very much like that as well. It is strange to have so many strangers take photos and want to touch your child. They are well intended....however it does get overwhelming. Know you are in my prayers. Happy belated Anniversary! Love you all. Lisa

    Beautiful photos! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and were able to get some alone time. I can only imagine what it's like to live day in and day out in a fish bowl. Our time in China was very much like that as well. It is strange to have so many strangers take photos and want to touch your child. They are well intended....however it does get overwhelming. Know you are in my prayers. Happy belated Anniversary! Love you all. Lisa

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Lisa, It was awesome to have a date with my hubby to celebrate 12 years of marriage! The experience of living in a fish bowl is something you cannot explain, but it certainly gives me perspective on how to treat other foreigners. We must remember that we live in a developing country and that the inhabitants of this country may never leave this country. We are quite an oddity to look at, or so it seems! Thanks so much for your prayers, they are much need and greatly appreciated! Love, Lori

    Hi Lisa,

    It was awesome to have a date with my hubby to celebrate 12 years of marriage! The experience of living in a fish bowl is something you cannot explain, but it certainly gives me perspective on how to treat other foreigners. We must remember that we live in a developing country and that the inhabitants of this country may never leave this country. We are quite an oddity to look at, or so it seems!

    Thanks so much for your prayers, they are much need and greatly appreciated!

    Love,
    Lori

  • Annie

    Annie

    What a lovely date! The meal sounds delicious (even with a beet garnish!)! You are a beautiful couple (inside and out) and we can't wait to see you next month in the "non-fish bowl" of Pleasant Hill!

    What a lovely date! The meal sounds delicious (even with a beet garnish!)! You are a beautiful couple (inside and out) and we can't wait to see you next month in the "non-fish bowl" of Pleasant Hill!

  • Char

    Char

    Hi my seester! I keep missing you when I call, so I thought I'd write! I hope all is well on the other side of the world! We're heading up to Orcas Island tomorrow, and I don't know what the cell reception is up there. I may be able to call you, or I may not. But if not, know that I love you and am thinking about you! I'm glad you and Jim had a nice date together. I know how hard it is to find time to be together as a couple, and then you realize that you don't know how to have an uninterrupted conversation! :) We look forward to seeing you very very soon! Have a great day! LOL, Char

    Hi my seester!
    I keep missing you when I call, so I thought I'd write! I hope all is well on the other side of the world! We're heading up to Orcas Island tomorrow, and I don't know what the cell reception is up there. I may be able to call you, or I may not. But if not, know that I love you and am thinking about you! I'm glad you and Jim had a nice date together. I know how hard it is to find time to be together as a couple, and then you realize that you don't know how to have an uninterrupted conversation! smile We look forward to seeing you very very soon! Have a great day! LOL, Char

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