September 25th, 2010
I was quite determined to visit the World Expo in Shanghai when I visited! I mean when will I ever get the opportunity to do it again right? I thought to myself that I should visit later in the year as the summer in Shanghai is quite challenging. LOL! The World Expo will be closing next month so I really had to visit! I asked my best friend Bob to arrange the visit for me. Bob is a diplomat for Canada in China and he was kind enough to get me VIP passes and appointments to several pavilions.
I was all psyched and ready to be enthralled! Joining me on the trip were Nix and a whole lot of Canadians – Victor, Gary and Catherine. We were also joined by Bob’s boyfriend Kelvin and his friends Jean and Ken. When we arrived, we saw the most incredible sight. It was as if all the tourist buses in China were heading towards the expo! I was not prepared to experience the crowds!
It was as if half the population of China was going to enter the World Expo! This was really not a fun sight! The heat of the sun was blazing and although there were gusts of cool wind every now and then, it was still uncomfortable. We waited for about 45 minutes before we could enter the expo and the whole time I was looking at the incredible lines entering almost like cattle.
When we went in the expo, I felt a bit better and tried my best to remain calm and collected and just really enjoy the moment! We had appointments to around 7 pavilions but only had the energy to visit 3. I would have really enjoyed it more if it wasn’t so hot! I mean, because to the crowds and the heat, I felt like it was one of the most exhausting days ever!
I still think everyone should try and visit the World Expo. It was a fantastic experience, although it really tests your stamina, patience and overall determination! I mean, if we did not have the appointments, we would be on the line for an average of 4 hours and that in anyone’s book is NOT FUN! We were able to visit. Spain, Canada and Singapore. I would have really liked to have visited more but I was just too spent. Anyway I am sharing with all of you my photos. Happy that my camera got fixed in the nick of time!