Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai.

Greetings all! I am writing to you from the dope crib I am sharing with my band mates here in Shanghai, China. We've been here exactly two weeks now, and so far it's been a very cool trip. Shanghai is one of those cities where there is a new adventure, something new to see or do around every corner. And of course, the night life is off the hook! I am playing, as most of you know, for four months here in Shanghai at a place called The House of Blues and Jazz, a very hip and classy establishment here with very cool people hanging out and working there. It is located in a building that is over 100 years old, and every night I have the delight to play on a lovely Yamaha grand piano. It's really outstanding.
It has been a bit of a challenge overcoming the language barrier here, but fortunately most people here are very friendly and patient as I try to figure out how to order my chicken and rice. In many ways being in Shanghai is like being in any other city, and yet there are many things that are different and take some getting used to (there are no hoagies at the local convenience stores, but I can get grilled lamb, mutton or fried rice on just about any street corner.) Needless to say, there is some truly amazing food here. I had the good fortune to experience a real authentic Japanese barbecue place here, courtesy of our boss. I've never seen a place where you grill your food right there at the table, everything was so fresh tasting and delicious! I've also been doing some food shopping at the outdoor market in our neighborhood, a completely new experience for me. I admit I was a little nervous about doing it at first as I wasn't sure if I would really be able to figure out what I was doing. But it's no problem now, I'm an old pro!
As you can probably ascertain from the photos, it is really quite cold here right now. Today we actually got quite a bit of snowfall, something which I understand to be rather unusual here. All I know is I can't wait for the weather to warm up some so I can do more exploring! More photos and info to come y'all. Peace!

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