11.05.2010 - 11.05.2010
Today we went and saw: Argentina, Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania and the Republic of Korea. The best today was definately the Korean pavilion as it was in three parts; the lower part had a huge drum and dancing display, then there was about a 20 minute video and at the end the screen moved up with a ballet dancer appearing with Thomas chosen out of the entire theatre to come down with her and take a wish ball and lead the crowd into the third area which was an interactive digital aquarium that filled both of the huge walls. You could create a neat fish or turtle with various little gadgets on it to help clean or observe the environment. By the way, we learned that Korea will host the next World Fair in 2012, we'll have to see how things are to go there! Our feet were a bit sore from yesterday's huge day and sometimes we had to take a little rest. At the Argentinian pavilion, Sophie and Alexis were given a special little flag pin from the country ambassador. Estonia had a very interesting pavilion with huge piggy banks that you could place money inside to help build ecologically green/friendly buildings and infrastructure, and also be able to send an sms vote in to decide which ones would be winning. The only bad thing is that it was filled with huge steps! Lithuania was a pretty pavilion inside, with a focus on the country's love for basketball. Cara nearly scored a point, as did Alexis and Sophie. Thomas had the man make a hoop with his arms and scored a few points that way. The Egypt pavilion was a bit of a disappointment as we waited about 35 minutes only to walk in a single room.
Oh, you might notice on the photos that Thomas has what looks like bruises on his face. While we were at the Argentinian pavilion, he wanted his hand stamped with the visa stamp (which was blue). He then wiped and itched his face, spreading it all over and we couldn't get it off until the evening! It looked pretty funny. We also today tried some Pizza Hut; it wasn't bad!
Overall, our whole World Fair Expo Shanghai 2010 experience has been wonderful. Everyone at the Expo treated us very kindly, the entire area was filled with smiles and it was very interesting to see so many countries that might not necessarily agree on many things to come together to agree that the world is a very special place and we need to do what we can to stem pollution.
Dinner was at the Tairyo Teppan Yaki, and the owner/manager gave gifts to Thomas, Alexis, Sophie and Cara and wished us to come visit him again in the future. If you are ever in Shanghai, do come to this restaraunt!
Dinner: Tairyo Teppan Yaki
Interesting thing eaten: Teriyaki Eel, although Thomas, Alexis and Sophie loved the Mango and Flamed Banana with Ice cream