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My happy new tooth!
October 26th, 2009 by Kate

So the tooth nightmare had a happy ending…

My solo trip to Shanghai was great, it was very interesting being a single blonde woman traveling alone through the train stations, airports, subways, etc.  I didn’t garner the same attention that the girls do – when they are around people seem to be drawn to us, and by contrast, people seem to repel themselves from me, seemingly so they can stare from afar.  The Chengdu airport was a trip in itself.  I managed to get myself from my hotel all the way to my boarding gate with very little trouble (my sense of travel saviness totally reached an all-time high here). 

This airport was SO busy, and flights arrived and then left out of my gate – I am not kidding- every 10 minutes.  I was really impressed and pretty surprised.  But then I saw the glitch in this system… once flights started being a tiny bit late  it sent everything into – um, UTTTER CHAOS!  I was an hour and a half early for my flight so I had a front row seat to watching a quiet orderly 60×100 foot waiting area go from having comfortable seating for about 200 people to being filled with about 1.500 annoyed, hot, noisy Chinese businessmen.  This was by far the most crowded (Asian subways at rush hour excluded) room I have ever been in (total fire hazzard!).  Oh and people were smoking and spitting and it was just icky.  My only saving grace was that, as I mentioned above,  instead of attracting crowds (or even being part of the crowd) I now repel them.  I was never so happy to be stared at in my life.  I had a good 8 foot perimeter around me free and clear of people/smoke/spit/etc.  It was a tiny bit ackward,but we are getting pretty used to being under the microscope here in China and I really appreciated my “bubble”.

The rest of my travels were pretty uneventful.  The American Consulate in Shanghai gave me a recommendation for a dentist and she was AWESOME (thanks Dr. Mai!).  my tooth looks and feels great, and the whole ordeal cost less than my deductible back in the States (including my last-minute airfare)!  I am totally keeping their business card and if I ever need to get major dental work done I’m going back to Shanghai – seriously!  Also, thanks again to Tom for putting me up in his luxury digs.  It was kind of fun to have a basic knowledge of Shaghai from our previous week there and I was even able to help some travelers in the subway find their way.  

So now we’re all back together again safe and sound.


3 Responses  
laura davis writes:
October 26th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

oh my gosh. that is my worst nightmare – not sure which would be worse, the tooth falling out or the chinese dentist. I can barely handle the baby teeth falling out and they’re supposed to do that. Everytime megan has a loose tooth I remind her she is to loose it at school. I was very happy to read your happy ending! who knew the best care would be several thousand miles away.

miss you tons, and glad you are all back together again!

laura

Corry writes:
October 30th, 2009 at 6:50 am

Great job navigating Kate!

Love Cor

Marion writes:
November 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I totally want to be your book editor when you write your life’s story! You can’t make this stuff up!
Love, Marion

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