I’m behind in keeping “pace” with updates to this blog story. Pardon my tardiness, life has kept me rather busy; it is about to get busier too.
So here is more of Shanghai. Sure had no idea what to expect besides lots of cars, buildings and people. When the Olympic Torch relay passed through while I was there, I spent an hour in a cab that morning……going nowhere…from my hotel and right back to my hotel! The only truly crowds I saw on my first trip to China.
Sam flew down from Qingdao, we had two last days together. He had the opportunity to practice his skills in speaking & reading mandarin Chinese with our guide Felix.
The most difficult encounter was Felix’s arrival to take Sam back to airport. All three of us felt the powerful parting emotion. I had visited and spent time with Sam twice on this trip. He was leaving now, neither of us knew when we would see each other again.
I flew the next day from Shanghai to Beijing to the USA.
Wisely I accepted Felix’s advice to use a wheelchair escort throughout the airports. My leg injury was too severe, I had no choice and changed my economy fare flight home to first class. The 14 hour flight home turned into 17 hours. Bad weather in New Jersey delayed the landing, but I was home and safe.