China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

More of Shanghai April 10, 2011

Here's Shanghai

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.

Biking to work

The Biking Lot

Count Down to the 2010 Expo

View From The Bund

The Pearl TV Tower

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.


Felix helps Sam understand the characters

Sam and Felix in a Buddhist Temple

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.

When would I see my son again? I didn't know.

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.


2 Responses to “More of Shanghai”

  1. Deborah Says:

    About to get busier? Due tell! Are you planning another adventure to see Sam? Is he getting married?

    Your Friend,

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