Day 12: Shopping at Shaping

We were swarmed with tuk-tuks and the scents of the Shaba market. I was overwhelmed with the varieties and colors of fresh vegetable that lay before me. Their was constant sounds of chickens screaming, cows mooing, and old woman chattering. Everything was so colorful and vibrant, you were never bored. My service learning group went out to explore on our own. We definitely saw some things that you wouldn’t usually see at the Jingfeng Lu wet market. I saw at least 3 cows being put into tuk-tuks. One section of the market was for Chinese medicine. Their you could see all sorts of intriguing things like monkey skulls, elephant skins, pig stomachs, jellyfish, and an arrangement of different fungi. Their was an abundant amount of sweets their and our group took advantage of that. Mr.T has recently brought out the walkie-talkies. All of us had fun using them during our trip to the market. I, being a certified rookie to the International Association of Walkie-Talkies Association, was allowed to communicate with them and give out code names to the others waiting to get the honourable status. In the rush of the market, we were walkie-talkying to each other by our code names, “Brown Sugar do you read. This is Goldilocks,” “Fuzzy bear, whats your 40?” We feel like old pros. Another educational day here at Microcampus!



My name is Sabrina and I'm a student from the Microcampus Alpha Pilot group :) Your visit to Shaba market definitely sounds amazing. Did you meet or talk to anyone with your Service Learning group? Where is Shaba market located by the way?

A cow in a tuk tuk!

The cow in a tuk tuk was quite an image. I'm trying to picture some of the things you wrote about taking place here. I was thinking, especially about the scenario of Giant, Safeway, or Wegman's! Sounds like the walkie talkies were a hit and you must have been "Goldilocks"! Love you and sending big hugs, Grandma

Lots of Learning

Hi Alex, Have read through your blog posts. Looks like you are seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, and tasting the entire experience. Good for you! Mr. Latzke

The adventure continues ....

Love reading your journal, Al. I know how hard it is to get Buffett and Frisco in the minivan to the vet ... cannot imagine stuffing them in a Tuk Tuk!! As you know, I love me some market time. Makes me so happy to know you are spreading some Alex love in that part of the world. Rock on ... oh, BTW ... forecast for snow this Sunday/Monday! Can you believe it??? Enjoy and as Austin Powers say "Oh, Be-have!!!" Love you ... xxxoxxoxxo Aunt Karen

Chinese Medicine Market


First, I really hope you took a photo of the cow in a tuk tuk! Is this really possible? I mean maybe in Laos, the tuks are are writing so well. i am super proud of you! I can picture the images. 

Second, did you learn anything at the Chinese Med market? So intriqued by it all!


Love you,

Hey guys, I'm Alex! I lived in Washington D.C, US for 11 years and have lived in Shanghai for almost 3 years now. I love to travel, eat, and learn about new things! I am here at Xizhou and loving it. The highlights are the kind people, the blue skies and starry nights, delicious food, and the outdoors. So far, thumbs up! It feels like it is going by too fast