This is a scene from walking down the street to the hotel from the Fudan campus. Sycamores line the street, and two young women walk arm in arm. In the US, you don't see that very often. It's very companionable, as I can attest, having walked in that fashion with Fiona today on the way back from the Shanghai Museum. In our case, it was mainly so that we didn't lose one another in the crowds getting on and off the subway. But it sill had that companionable, intimate feeling. You don't see male friends walking that way with each other in Shanghai. Or in the US, need I add.
Here, a young woman rides her bike and eats her breakfast at the same time. You can see that lots of students ride their bikes. She's in front of the cafeteria, where we all ate lunch together on Friday. Peter showed me how to ask for rice, and point at the toppings I wanted. I ended up with two toppings: one with tofu, celery, and a tiny bit of fish, and the other with gelatinous duck blood and quail eggs and some other green. I honestly didn't know what those little squares were. They looked like a dark-colored tofu. But Peter's Chinese tutor let me know they were duck blood, and made a face -- indicating she would never eat it herself. But really, they tasted great. Let's hear it for culinary adventures.