Today we went to a place called Nanjing Road. There are literally 1000's of shops there. Every type of shop you could want. There's one store that's nothing but children's stuff. It's 5 floors and each floor is different. There's clothes, shoes, toys, you name it, it's there. There is a whole street of book stores. Another one of music stores. Clothing stores, shoe stores, restaurants, department stores. It's unbelievable the number of stores that are there. Then there are also people that approach you to buy stuff "cheap." That's where you get all of the knock-off stuff. But these stores aren't out in the open. We didn't go to any of these stores because we had all 3 kids with us. But I definitely want to go there soon. They sell watches, wallets, purses, cds and dvds, toys, all sorts of stuff. I can't wait to check it out!
Again, the number of people that are here is absolutely amazing. You can't believe the number of people there are, unless you see it for yourself. Everyone kept stopping and looking at Sarah. One girl asked me if she could have her picture taken with her, so I let her. It's so funny. At home, that would really freak you out. But here, it's because they don't see Americans, especially American babies, very often, so they're totally fascinated by them. I had read about that before it happened the first time, so it doesn't really faze me anymore.
I feel really safe here. Even when you're in a crowd with thousands of people, you don't feel "un"safe. You feel a little claustrophobic! But you don't feel unsafe. We walk pretty much everywhere we go, and I've never felt nervous about it.