A visit to the Camel Bar with the guys.
Guytais went on a biking outing today, cycling from the southeast corner of the Shanghai peninsula (starting at the Dishui Lake metro station, the terminus of line 16) up the coast. Relatively wild … ‘relatively’ being the operative term. Fall weather, clear skies, bracing breezes off the East China Sea, birds galore, and not many vehicles because of the barriers stopping trucks from using these roads.
On Tuesday, September 6, the guytai biking subcommittee checked out the 30-km route from Sheshan, a small mountain in Songjian out to the west of Shanghai (with a cathedral and observatory atop), in to the French Concession, then chilled out with beer at the Café Monmartre. On the way, we noticed the Happy Valley amusement park. During a conversation a couple days later, Conrad, an American theme park designer, said Happy Valley doesn't have anything to fear from the new Disney Shanghai, since they're such different experiences. We also noticed the 200-ha Chenshan Botanical Garden.
During the weekend of September 9-11, guytais took turns staffing the booth the World Events Agency so generously provided us at the Shanghai Expat Show (aka “the Expat Expo”). Besides educating passers-by on the benefits of the guytai lifestyle, a guytai’s daughter’s Interact (“baby Rotary”) club sold baked goods, generating cash to be donated to the Will’s Foundation orphanage on Chongming Dao.