Moon Space Coffee Shop

Today we went to the Moon Space Coffee Shop and ate waffles for breakfast. My five, soon to be six, year-old love waffles so the two we bought were gone quicker than you can say waffle.

Moon Space is a very nice and family oriented coffee shop with an indoor play area for younger children and a sort of library with a wide range of books. I didn’t really understand the rules of borrow books, but I understood that there are two options, deposit 300 RMB and you can borrow X number of books for x number of days. Or deposit 500 and be able to borrow more books for a longer period of time. Most books are in Chinese, so not so suitable for me to borrow any books anyway.

The waffles are great and the cappucino as well. The other choices on the menu seems to be not that great, I have tried pizza, pasta and garlic bread. The food is of lower quality and small portions and VERY expensive to be in Shanghai.

I have been to the Moon Space shop several times before without the children because it is really a nice location to do work, the WIFI is for free and the speed suprisingly good.

If you are in the Jinqiao area, then go check it out on Biyun Road 1096.

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Back in Shanghai for one week now

So back in Shanghai for one week now and already starting to feel annoyed about the poor internet connection. This morning a business associate finally sent me the important email I have been waiting for the past days, however I didn’t receive it right away but almost 8 hours later! We both really don’t know why it took so long as I received other emails during the day and she also were able to send other emails to other people…

In China you really never know what happens online (and offline!). Do you have any experience using various VPN services? I have tried ExpressVPN and Astrill and at the moment I give thumbs up for Astrill…

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Working and living abroad

It is interesting the way the human mind works. Growing up in a small town in Sweden I always felt like life was so boring and not eventful. Now after being away from my small town for a long time then when coming back I feel so happy and comfortable to be here.

I have been living in Shanghai, China for basically two and half year and yes, every day you can see something new and there is always something happening around you in a city like Shanghai.

However, dealing with authorities and companies in China while trying to get the business up and running has been a huge challenge. The cultural differences between Sweden and China are so much bigger than I ever imagined. My experiences in China has changed me as a person and made me realize that my good ol’ hometown in Sweden isn’t all that bad.

Sure there are many things in Sweden that annoy me on a daily basis like the stupid dream of a no-cash society, the complicated process of getting kids into preschool, the process of getting proper health-care.. But when you don’t need to deal with these type of things and just live your own life, then life in the small town is really quite nice and enjoyable. Perhaps my change of attitude is a sign of me getting old?

I have been back in Sweden for Christmas and New Years for around two weeks but tomorrow I am going back to China again. I will miss life in Sweden but I am sure I will quickly get back into the rhythm of Shanghai life again, however I am already looking forward to coming back to Sweden again in spring and get away from the loudness and crowds in China.

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