The last couple of days here have been super busy! The conference started on Monday, and I’ve met so many brilliant lovely people that I’ve been too busy to update until now! I did have a chance to explore the area around the hotel on Monday morning, though. The hotel I’m staying at is in the Xuhui district of Shanghai. The local area has a very different feel to the centre of the city; it’s primarily a residential area, but still has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. It feels like it has a much slower pace than the centre, which is nice to come back to after a busy day! The hotel is only about 10 minutes walk from a metro station though, so it’s still well connected to the city centre. Despite having a few large hotels, it doesn’t seem to be a particularly touristy area – the majority of
the people you see on the streets seem to be locals. There are lots of street food vendors, with chairs and tables being set out on the streets each day. On Saturday I came across a reasonably sized supermarket, which I then managed to loose again until this evening (it turns out it is literally 5 minutes away, so I’m not sure how!) While I was having a walk around, I came across a really sweet little pâtisserie just around the corner from the hotel. After seeing their cakes on display in the window, I couldn’t resist popping in to try one. And to think I was worried about finding enough to eat while I was here..
It was even cuter on the inside! I had a kind of pasty filled with hazelnut cream, and it was delicious. It also gave me the chance to try out the very limited number of Mandarin phrases I’ve picked up out here, as none of the staff spoke English. If I was here a little longer, I would definitely be
The conference has been keeping me pretty busy – not just with the presentations and posters, but also with a super fun trip to the circus!! More on that soon – it’s the last day of presentations tomorrow, so I’ll post again then.