Whew! The last two weeks have been ridiculous. We had a lovely New Year’s celebration in Nanshan, then we finished up at school (Spenser and I graded SO many finals…ugh), then our dear friend Paige and her cousin Amanda came for a visit! We had an absolutely wonderful time with them, but now it’s time to regroup before our next big adventure…which I’ll reveal at the bottom of this blog post HAHAHAHA!
Spenser and I ended 2013 by exploring a part of Shenzhen we never visit because it’s crazy far away, Nanshan. Because our school was kind enough to give us a small New Year’s holiday, we toured around Sea World and OCT East on December 30th to see what it was all about. There were robots (pictured above), a gigantic old boat, weird art, and Haagen-Dazs; it was a pretty awesome day.
The following day, New Year’s Eve, we were invited to Sea World again, much to our surprise! (Seriously, it takes us two hours on public transportation to get out there, we were totally not expecting to go there two days in a row.) Our good friends were planning on ringing in the New Year in Nanshan, so we decided to put on our fancy outfits and head out, once again, to Sea World.
To start the evening off right, we ate at the exact same Mexican restaurant that we ate at the day before. This time I avoided the cheese-less (scandalous!) quesadilla and opted for some much tastier soft tacos, that I promptly spilled all over my pretty green silk dress. Such is my life. Anyway, we moved our party to the large docked boat that you saw earlier. Inside was a really weird bar/club/family sports bar (yes, there were some kids there and that was extra weird) that we decided was the perfect spot to ring in 2014.
And you know what, it really was fun. We had a fantastic time! There was a band doing oddly heavy covers of popular 90s hits, foosball, no karaoke, and not horrible beer (which is really saying something when you’re used to the poison that is domestic Tsingtao).
After the clock struck midnight, we decided to call it an early night and go home. The only problem was that there were NO CABS to take us away from Nanshan! Seriously, look at this picture of our dear friend:
Believe it or not, Gina’s not actually crazy for lying down in the middle of a large road. There were NO cars. None. Zip. Zero cars. Her action just demonstrates the insane lack of traffic around Sea World that night. Eventually, a few cabs stopped by to take us home, but it was after what felt like an eternity.
Apart from the very humdrum end of the evening, this was one of my favorite New Year’s celebrations and it all had to do with the company. Thanks friends 🙂
Up next! We spent about three days last week in Hong Kong with Paige, so expect a blog post about that as well as a post about her experiencing “our” China. It was fun; there’s an obscene amount of pictures. Prepare yourselves. Here’s a preview:
Finally, BIG NEWS EVERYONE! Spenser and I are about to take our gigantic southeast Asia vacation starting WEDNESDAY! Bali, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam here we come! I’ll be bringing my computer with me to hopefully blog from our tropical locales and keep you updated on our big adventure.