China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 12, It Ends On Culture And Romance January 30, 2012

Culture & Romance

When the wedding festivities ended, I spent a few more days in Wuhan with Sam & Daisy, then took the train to Shanghai.  I feel at home in Shanghai.  I spent five days there before flying home.  As time permits, I will share later some of those photographs.

This last group of scanned in scrap-book pages are photographs of a few selected pages in a book.  My doorbell rang one day.  A friend that went to high school with Sam was standing there.  He had recently returned from a trip to China and hand delivered me a wedding book.  Do not expect these scanned in pages to look like a typical USA wedding album.

So, I’ll be starting school next week.  It’s 9 weeks, a couple of refresher courses, and I do have a general idea where this might lead me.  I will leave you now, with 2 sentences and 7 scanned in scrap-book pages.

Wherever life takes you, embrace this world with an open mind.  By doing so, what you will discover far exceeds your own expectations.


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.


A Kid At Heart In Shanghai November 17, 2010

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My new backpack

I would not see the real panda bears on this first trip, so I found the next best thing.   The kid at heart is still hanging around Shanghai waiting for her kid to arrive.

So my camera and I wandered the streets.  I no longer feared getting lost.  My earlier need to walk in a straight line to avoid getting lost had been solved in Xi’an.  In my pocket was a hotel card.  It would tell any taxi driver “Take me to my hotel.”

I loved what I saw, it was me!

The next day, the Olympic torch relay would pass through Shanghai.  That was the only time I found China truly crowded.

View the world through the eyes of a child.

Everything is new, innocent, and how we learn our beliefs.

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A picture of a picture of masks

How many flavors of ice cream now?

Would I ride this?

The torch will come through

Olympic volley ball

Check out these eyeballs closely!

The jogger

The skate board

Next at bat

We are all kids at heart


and I still prefer diet coke


Shanghai October 13, 2010

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A walkway cross over in Shanghai


I am in Shanghai now, my son would be meeting me later in the week.  I set aside touring the top highlights until he arrived.  You will see later the Zhou Zhuange Water Village I visited while waiting for him, and other photos taken throughout.

And yes, this photo might seem unusual as a first introduction to Shanghai.   There is no glitz or glimmer, you see people walking an intersection street crossover.  It has special meaning to me.

With my blondish hair and blue eyes, I was walking up (yes, slowly) the steps onto the top.  A very elderly Chinese woman began to descend the steps.  The instant she saw me, a brilliant smile came out.  Her eyes sparkled, her gait increased as she diagonally came towards me.  We exchanged hearty handshakes.  She was so thrilled and excited,  I was obviously not Chinese.  It was the warmest, most kind and sincere  “Welcome to China”  I experienced.

Small things often create big impressions.