Archive for March, 2011

Shanghai 2011 liu

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sunday March 20 I slept in a bit (feeling the effects of excess gambei-ing!); then after breakfast walked down to the Shanghai Zoo again to grab the subway over to the underground market in Pudong.  The endless haggling with the vendors isn’t as much fun as it used to be, and while I generally got […]

Shanghai 2011 wu

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Saturday March 19 When we all piled on the bus at 5PM, they sat a lovely woman next to me who’d lived in Canada and Wales (!).  She’d missed my class because she’d been running a trade show for her company.   The bus ride lasted two hours – perhaps a bit longer than they’d expected […]

Shanghai 2011 si

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Thursday March 17 I got a lot of compliments on the Kelly green Bermuda tie, which I wore with a blue-striped shirt and my dark blue suit.  It did look good at that – very bright!   After class I was determined to do something to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so I grabbed a cab down […]

Shanghai 2011 san

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Monday March 14 I made this a lazy day.   The wind was howling and it was raining on and off anyway, so after breakfast I just sort of hung out in the room, reading, half-watching CNN’s coverage of the tripartite Japan crisis, and dozing.   I can stay “up” as long as I have to when […]

Shanghai 2011 er

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Saturday March 12 It’s a big class, maybe 60 people, and we’re doing simultaneous translation.  Two people are stationed in a sound-proof booth in the back of the room; they have to hand off to each other every ten minutes or so, because that process is very arduous.   Actually, I would prefer to have someone […]

Shanghai 2011 yi

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Wednesday March 9/Thursday March 10 This trip didn’t start out very well.   I was up at 5:15 to get to the airport two hours before an 8:30 scheduled flight to Chicago, but we were delayed an hour on the ground in Raleigh by air traffic control due to Chicago weather.  That made the connection in […]

Warszawa cztery

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Friday February 26 Or so I thought.   Up bright and early (or at least early) at 4:30AM, I showed up at the hotel desk with my luggage to check out.   “Oh, you don’t like our hotel,” the friendly young desk clerk pouted?  “You’re leaving a day early?”   “No, I was always to leave on Friday,” […]

Warszawa trzy

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Wednesday February 23 This morning it was time for me to “sing for my supper.”   The Institute for International Research, the conference organizers, sent a cab to bring me downtown to the Marriott.  That’s where they had offered to put me up for a couple of days, but I wanted to stay a few extra […]

Warszawa dwa

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Tuesday February 22 Breakfast at the Ibis was the usual buffet-style spread, with a good range of choices.   Porridge or cold cereal, yoghurt and canned fruit on one side, savory stuff on the other – deli meats and cheeses, pickles, salads, hard-boiled eggs, several different loaves of serious bread, and two warming trays, one full […]

Warszawa jeden

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Monday February 21 I’d hoped to get upgraded by American Airlines on the direct flight from RDU to London where I’d change planes for Warsaw, but the girl in the Admiral’s Club said it was “full up front, empty in the back.”   Actually, that probably worked out even better, because I got a whole three-seat […]