Despite back to back hangovers, this has been one of the most fantastic weekends I've had in China. It started on Friday night, which saw beers and whiskey's at a friends house. Two of the girls were cooking up a storm, and the boys - helping where they could - just mucked around. Skateboarding was involved - need I say more?
Saturday saw the arrival of some old (and new) mates from Beijing, so we had a wander around Anfu Lu on a stunning winter's day. Crisp, but pleasant. Again, much laughter. Following a solid gym session, that afternoon saw a few pints consumed before the main event: Shanghai family Christmas dinner.
Held at a lovely couples amazing new house, 11 friends absolutely laid waste to one of the best home cooked meals I've ever been lucky enough to enjoy. Vegetable lasagne (does anyone remember this Seinfeld reference?), turkey, potatoes, beans, stuffing, then citrus tart and cheese. We also drank one billion bottles of red wine. But the night wasn't over - then it was off to a friends 30th birthday at a great local bar, before stumbling home. Sunday morning, bleary eyed, we reconvened for a sensational brunch at Larder.
Sure, today my head has felt like a bag of wet cement, but damn - for all the faults of living in Shanghai, the weekends just keep getting better and better.
(Photos all stolen from Mel Julie)