5 Days

The world’s biggest sporting event has finally arrived in SA and my parents (in their infinite wisdom) have decided to take a month long holiday to China and skip the World Cup frenzy altogether.  We are leaving this weekend and I, for one, am quite excited not to have another Vuvuzela try to permanently damage my inner ear.  Seeing my family again will be an absolute joy, and I cannot wait for my aunts and uncles to spoil me rotten.

In preparation for the trip, I have made a list of all the things I need to buy in China.

1. A pair of size 4 wellingtons

2. Shades – I have come to accept the sad reality that shades sold in SA are solely for the long-nosed.  Every time I try on a pair, they invariably start sliding down my face as if my nose is non-existent.

3. Reading glasses – A pair of spectacles that cost a couple of thousand can be bought for under R300 in the land of cheap slave labour.

4. Junk food – I was quite surprised to find the other day that they have duck feet vacuum packed in tiny little pockets and are widely available at supermarkets.  Mmm, finger snacks!

5. External hard-drive – Same reason as #3.

6. A big bag – You know, those shiny ones the Commerce girls always use to put their text books in.  To be quite frank, I’ve been envious of their fancy bags for 2 and a half years because the only thing I have for my books is, well, my book bag.  Sure, the double shoulder strap is comfortable and it spreads the weight nicely, but let’s face it: they simply do not compliment  my outfits!

In other news: We will also be buying a 7-day ticket to see the World Expo.  (Wikipedia link)

“It is a World Expo in the tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition is “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as the “next great world city”.  It is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world’s fairs. The Shanghai World Expo is also the largest World’s Fair site ever at 5.28 square km.

More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations have registered to participate in the Shanghai World Expo, the largest ever. China expects to receive almost 100 foreign leaders and millions of people from across the world to come and visit the World Expo. More than 70–100 million visitors are expected to visit the expo, which would make it the most visited in history.”

I will be taking tonnes of photos and will update my blog in due course.

In other other news: People have been raving about the Gautrain since it opened its doors for operation.  I guess forking out R100 from the airport to Sandton (or wherever) is nice, but it doesn’t beat paying 40RMB for a trip on a maglev train where the top operational speed is 431km/h. :D

a World Expo in the tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition is “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as the “next great world city“.


  1. “but let’s face it: they simply do not compliment my outfits!”

    Which, like the sun-glasses & hdd, are cheaply made in China… Bought on previous trips, obviously. Hence a cheap bag to match the cheap style??

    Or did I read it wrong?!


  2. I haven’t been to China in 5+ years so all the clothes I bought on previous trips don’t fit me anymore. Oh, and they’re not cheap. I prefer to call them “vintage” :P


  3. ah lucky you! i would give anything not to be in SA during this horrid time, they have no idea how bad they look acting like buffoons on TV and giving us an even worse name. BLESS CHEAP LABOR! hows the trip going so far? any updates? bring me back an ipod? :P lol seriously il pay you


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