I only have a few minutes today to tell you that I’ll be offline until next week. We will be traveling to Xi’an, China, home to the famous terra cotta warriors, for a short two-day weekend trip. While weekend trips in Korea feel like brief outings, our trip to Xi’an–about two hours away by plane from Shanghai–feels like a major undertaking. I hope to have stories to share when I return. I should be back online on Monday.
Last night my wife’s sister, her husband, my wife, son, and I went for Thai food at Banana Leaf, a trendy Shanghai restaurant. The restaurant is very popular. The food tasted undeniably like Chinese-style Thai food–save the peanut sauce. I was appalled to discover that the restaurant could not serve Pad Thai because they ran out of key ingredients. What? You’ve got to be kidding. A Thai restaurant isn’t Thai without Pad Thai, the national dish of Thailand. We settled for Pad Siew instead. I think my Chinese family members enjoyed the meal more than I did. Afterwards, my brother-in-law and I went for a massage. Not surprisingly, I am really sore today. It’s been said that the best massages are the painful ones. However, I think this one was a bit too painful. My back is feeling the dull pain today. It was more expensive than I thought it would be. Oh well, I guess reality never lives up to your expectations.
Have a great weekend. I’ll be back on Monday.