Monday, August 25, 2008

Flooded in Shanghai

This was the situation in Shanghai this morning as I tried to hail a taxi:
(the ambient noise is pretty loud so you might want to turn down your speaker volume)

The scooter in the foreground is actually on the footpath.

After a torrential downpour in the early ours of the morning, most of Shanghai was under a foot or two of water. I waited for a taxi, and then tried to get a bus, for an hour and a half before I gave up.

To make things worse, today was the first day of school for my kindergarten class, and neither myself or my co-teacher has been able to show up. On the first day of school last year I tripped over and tore a tendon in my foot, and this year I got flooded in.

Good times!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Lost in Translation

This is what happens when you rely on automatic internet translation services:

Apparently it's a restaurant in Beijing who wanted to write their Chinese business name in English.