The travelvers are now in Shanghai
May 8, 2005
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's out there. A very special Happy Mother's Day to you Mom and Lisa!!
These are the last few days with our group and several people are getting coughs and colds. Also some diarrhea amongst the troops. We have been pretty much OK. Just a little diarrhea once in a while. Actually something kind of funny happened yesterday morning. After breakfast, Ollie needed to get back to our room in a hurry for a bathroom stop. Anyway she jammed the plastic card key in the slot so hard, it broke off. We could not get the piece out so we had to go back down to the lobby for help. Thank God there were bathrooms in the lobby for Ollie's sake. We were running ahead of schedule so we were able to get the door unlocked in time to get on the bus for our next tour. Ollie had to pay 30 juan for the broken key!
When we arrived in Shanghai were stopped for a light lunch and then to a silk factory before checking in to our hotel. The silk factory was facinating! They take the silk cocoon and drop it in hot water to soften it and kill the larvae. Next they take a wisk and stir it around to catch the ends of the silk from the cocoons then attach the ends to a machine that winds the silk on a spool. If the cocoon as two larvae, it is used to make comforters. Different process, no time to explain.
After checking into our rooms we had a one hour rest, then off for a walk along the Bund which runs along the Huangou River. Then to dinner and an wonderful "New Shanghai Acrobatic Show"
No time, running late.
Love to All:
Jean And Ollie Kiss Lil