Unexpected: Bastet’s Pixelventures

We made it back to Shanghai, China after a long flight. We left a cooler than normal Canadian summer to land into China’s hottest summer in 140 years. This was expected, although our bodies immediately reacted to the heat and humidity. Luckily the air conditioning is working well.

Our first night home and we were tired, so we turned in early after very little sleep on the plane. The flight had constant turbulence, which was not expected. It was hard to sleep with the constant bumping and rocking. The next morning we decided to head out early to beat the heat and head for our favourite place to grab breakfast. Much to our disappointment we found it was closed for renovations. We should not be surprised since turn over rates are very fast in Shanghai as things come and go. Some places close for renovations and a few weeks later open sparkling and new, others close and are new establishments.

The heat was starting to rise, so we headed to another coffee shop in the plaza that was still closed, so much for being early birds. We continued through the plaza finding an open coffee shop with limited breakfast foods. Not wanting to trudge through the heat, which was becoming very oppressive, to search for another place we decided to stay here and make the best of a small snack. We were the only patrons and were quickly served coffee latte,  caramel cappuccino and 2 ham turkey croissants (don’t ask as I am still confused by this meat combination). When my coffee arrived I was surprised to see a happy smiling face… truly unexpected. John’s coffee wasn’t decorated. Coffee art is highly unusual here, but this little surprise brought a smile to my face; it was a nice welcome ‘home’.

Good Morning Sunshine :)

Good Morning Sunshine 🙂

What surprised you today?

This is my response to Bastet’s Pixelventures theme Unexpected. Be sure to follow the link to see more or find out how to join in the fun.

China is always full of surprises and unexpected adventures… this one was a happy surprise. Be sure to stay tuned because there will be more ‘unexpected‘ adventures and surprises as we head into our last year here in Shanghai.

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16 thoughts on “Unexpected: Bastet’s Pixelventures

  1. Sounds like your ‘unexected’ aspects of your return to Shanghai were much nicer than your departing ‘unexpected’ aspects. How’s the floor?

    • Ha ha… yes how true! Well the floor was pretty buckled from what I understand. It is a little bit now, but only noticible when you step on that section. The contractor thinks it will settle more when it dries out. Now we are home with the AC on it should help.
      I wasn’t happy with the state they left the place… they had to move tables around, which I get, but they threw most things on the floor or back onto the tables… totally unorganised. The house was so messy, which was not really needed. I wasn’t too happy being so tired and then had to tidy up so we could sit on the sofa and use the table. John had to sweep and mop floors, which were clean when I left (they pulled off basebords and left them in middle of kitchen along with dirt and sawdust) and I had to pick up my books, papers and other odds and ends that were strewn all over the sofa, tables and floor. So much for relaxing this weekend! Almost done now, but certainly could have been avoided.

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  3. How lovely…my favorite drink a capuccino with smile!Thanks for your “unexpected” photograph!

  4. What a sweet way to welcome you home. No surprises for me today, but tomorrow may bring one. Wouldn’t that be fun?!
    Stay cool. 😉

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