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Valery's visit

Just like old times

Since Valery's arrival, the two of us have been quite busy. We've been having dinner after dinner with old friends and classmates, lots of shopping (shopping in Shanghai is considerably cheaper than in Moscow!), and returning to places that we used to frequent.

Everyone is excited to have her back to visit. Next week, she will travel to Shenzhen for one week. Unfortunately, I can't go because of work. But I get her for 2 more weeks when she comes back.

Tonight was an interesting night. We ate at a nice restaurant on the Nanjing Lu, then we saw a police van pull up and chase after some illegal fake-goods (rolex, prada) vendors. We then got ice cream at the Hershey's store, which was right next to SH's peace cinema, the only IMAX in time. Scalpers were everywhere, due to the high demand for the movie "Avatar."

Posted by e1quarnst 08:00

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Looks like a happy reunion - dude is that a nearly empty bottle of vodka on the table. The Christmas pictures of Huaihai Lu made me think of my Christmas in China. There was not sign of Christmas anywhere. My Jewish roommate found some christmas wrap and decorated our door in the Shanghai Conservatory luxuesheng dorm, and one night he lit a menorah and prayed in Hebrew. But that year (1984) we saw no signs of Christmas anywhere in Shanghai.

by Terry Liu

I just checked the blog -- glad you're having fun with Valerie. Congratulations at you promotion/raise at work. Nice talking to you on the phone last night!

by tomq

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