First swim of the season!
The pool across the street has opened for the season! We joined up with three other families (only one other family shown below) and decided Tuesdays shall be Swim Day.
Shanghai has mostly completed its seasonal mass exodus of the expats, who all generally return to where they came from the minute school lets out, returning a day or two before it starts up again. Not us however! We are here for the duration and enjoying weekly planned events with those like us who call Shanghai home year round instead of just first of September through first of June. Not that we wouldn't also enjoy doing some summer travel... But sadly flights go up, up, up whenever there are expat holidays, and the provision of Michael's contract doesn't include a paid annual trip "home" like many others (I have one friend whose work contract includes four paid home leaves per year. Which makes me wonder, is Shanghai really so bad that people feel they have to vacate it every season for the place they came from? And if so, then does Shanghai ever really have a chance of feeling like home if you spend so much physical time in another place that you always refer to as home? I'm guessing no. Which must make for a miserable experience here).
But the truth is, if we do go to the States, we gotta pick times when the cost for the four of us does not equal the price of a compact-sized car purchased new off the lot...
Last year was our big travel year, working our way around the globe to visit all the Disney theme parks worldwide. This year we're staying closer to home, seeing more of Asia. And next year? Who knows. For now I'm content to lounge by the pool every Tuesday and enjoy the city in summer.