The Shanghai Expo is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I made plans to see the expo three years ago while studying abroad in Shanghai, when I discovered that Shanghai would play host to the 2010 World Expo. Having booked my visit in September during the last remaining months of the event, I had done my research and read both glowing reviews and daunting warnings about partaking in this world-class event. Two warnings that resonated most deeply: 1. Visitors of the expo are 90% locals. 2. Lines may range from 4 to 6 hours long.
Be that as it may, this trip was planned and I was off. I won’t go into detail about how exhausting it was to wait in the humidity with thousands of bodies pushed up against me for hours to see a pavilion. However, each day at the expo was a fight for survival – and this is totally an understatement.
Julienne is a writer in Los Angeles. She currently works for digital agency Hello Design as the agency blogger.