"Tsingtao"



It has been 12 days since we first touched down in Pudong. This photo was taken the morning after we arrived on the 25th of March. We went to Jim’s office and Jim sat down on a chair that broke as soon as he leaned back. Jim’s boss said, “This is why we are here.”  

Our lives are falling into a good rhythm here in Shanghai. Last week I attended a playgroup that was introduced to me via a friend I met at the grocery store. It is amazing how friendly the expat community is here. When you meet another expat, it is assumed that you have very few friends here and no family in the area. They therefore do everything in their power to introduce you to people, networks and share information with you. I have yet to meet another expatriate who was not welcoming and informative.

Friday evening we ate at a fabulous Greek restaurant in Thumb Plaza. There are so many international cuisines here that you could live in Shanghai for a year and never eat Chinese food. Although who would want to do that? At dinner Jim ordered a Tsingtao beer and Jameson piped in with his first Chinese word and tried to order a “ding dao” also. I had been working all week with him to say “nehow” as a greeting and the first word he picks up is Jim’s favorite beer. We laughed so hard that the waiter did not know if we wanted another beer or not.

Yesterday, we attended
Shanghai Community Fellowship in HongQiao with four colleagues from Jim’s work. The church was held at the HongQiao Marriott where 3000 expats gathered together to lift their hearts and voices in praise.   After church we went to a Thai restaurant with Jim’s colleagues. It was fun to get to know them a little better. Jameson loved being the center of attention at lunch, but to my knowledge, he did not order another “ding dao!”


8 comments

  • Heidi Scovel

    Heidi Scovel

    So glad to hear things are going well for you Lori! You've been in my thoughts. Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome journals you sent me! What fun. I'm going to have to use them for something really special. :) Take care!

    So glad to hear things are going well for you Lori! You've been in my thoughts. Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome journals you sent me! What fun. I'm going to have to use them for something really special. smile Take care!

  • Kristi

    Kristi

    Hi Lori, it's good to hear from you. I've been thinking about you. If you can live and thrive in Humboldt, China probably seems tame! Just kidding :) Praying for you guys! Love, Kristi (and the rest of the Rider crew) ps, was just reminiscing recently about the abalone feast we had with you guys in Trinidad. That was a memorable dinner.

    Hi Lori, it's good to hear from you. I've been thinking about you. If you can live and thrive in Humboldt, China probably seems tame! Just kidding smile Praying for you guys! Love, Kristi (and the rest of the Rider crew)
    ps, was just reminiscing recently about the abalone feast we had with you guys in Trinidad. That was a memorable dinner.

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Heidi Dear! I am so glad you like the journals I sent. They were made by a friend of mine back in the States and I could think of no better home for the "Heidi" collection! Much love to you and your family! Love, Lori

    Hi Heidi Dear!

    I am so glad you like the journals I sent. They were made by a friend of mine back in the States and I could think of no better home for the "Heidi" collection! Much love to you and your family!

    Love,
    Lori

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Kristi, You're right! I think we may have less culture shock here than in Humboldt. At least we expected things to be different in China. But, I met some of my dearest friends on earth and had such a great time in Humbldt that I'm sure our time in China will be equally rewarding! Give my best to the Rider crew! Love,, Lori

    Hi Kristi,
    You're right! I think we may have less culture shock here than in Humboldt. At least we expected things to be different in China. But, I met some of my dearest friends on earth and had such a great time in Humbldt that I'm sure our time in China will be equally rewarding! Give my best to the Rider crew!

    Love,,
    Lori

  • Myra Gibbon

    Myra Gibbon

    It was wonderful to read your note. Sounds like prayers are being answered. So happy for you. This Friday we leave for Bend in order to meet Emily, unless she comes sooner. Jilann was so happy to hear from you. You are the one person she would be chatting frequently with if you were more available. I know she is in your prayers. Love you...Myra

    It was wonderful to read your note. Sounds like prayers are being answered. So happy for you. This
    Friday we leave for Bend in order to meet Emily, unless she comes sooner. Jilann was so happy to hear
    from you. You are the one person she would be chatting frequently with if you were more available. I
    know she is in your prayers. Love you...Myra

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Myra dear! I sure wish we could fly home to Bend just to meet little Emily. But, I should be glad that I can call Jilann for a very low rate. We are both starting new chapters in our lives. Although I have to say that becomming a mommie is a much bigger life-change than moving to a foreign country. I plan to call a lot if she has time to talk! Love you too, Lori

    Hi Myra dear! I sure wish we could fly home to Bend just to meet little Emily. But, I should be glad that I can call Jilann for a very low rate. We are both starting new chapters in our lives. Although I have to say that becomming a mommie is a much bigger life-change than moving to a foreign country. I plan to call a lot if she has time to talk!

    Love you too,
    Lori

  • Lisa Spencer

    Lisa Spencer

    Hi Lori, Glad things are going well. I have something to send to you ... do you have an address for mail yet? Can you send me an email? Love the pictures. Love, Lisa

    Hi Lori,
    Glad things are going well. I have something to send to you ... do you have an address for mail yet? Can you send me an email? Love the pictures.
    Love, Lisa

  • Lori

    Lori

    Hi Lisa, It is so good to hear from you. I do have a new address and I will e-mail it to you. I only wish we could have met up with you here! Much love, Lori :love:

    Hi Lisa,

    It is so good to hear from you. I do have a new address and I will e-mail it to you.

    I only wish we could have met up with you here!

    Much love,
    Lori love

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