Saturday, October 25, 2008

When Fact Feels Like Fiction, Part IV

Having survived our encounter with the killer fish, what could possibly be next? Well, it was finally time to head to our accommodations, the place we would be staying for the next two nights.

As we pulled into the neighborhood where our hotel was obviously located, we looked around. Hmm...Papa John's, fancy restaurants, Shanghai Circus World. This was obviously some sort of Western part of town.

And our hotel was indeed a Western brand...Four Points by Sheraton. What is it with us and luxury hotels in Shanghai?

Now, here's the thing that puzzled me as Ms. Lu escorted us into the elevator and up to the 16th floor...Why did we not have to go to the front desk and check in? Obviously, all of this had somehow been arranged ahead of time. But how? And why didn't we need to show our passports, which we always need to show, even at the Portman Ritz-Carlton?

As I pondered over this final little mystery, we arrived at our room, complete with views of the Pearl Tower in the distance.

And I thought it was going to be a regular old day in China...

~Steve

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