Monthly Archives: September 2014

WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS SOJOURN: CHINA EDITION

    The image of these koi fish continues to resonate with me as I reflect on our trip three years later.  Like this pond, China as a nation is huge, crowded, determined, busy, but her people are also kind, curious, friendly, and hospitable.  I wrote quite a bit here about the fact that we did indeed […]

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THE ORIENT EXPRESSED: SHANGHAI IS FOR SHOPPING

Travel Dates: July 19 – 20, 2011  After diligently avoiding the relentless calls of the “watches, bags, shoes” solicitors on the streets, I decided that while I didn’t want to follow some greasy type down a back alley and end up like Carrie and Co. in Sex and The City 2, I most definitely was […]

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THE ORIENT EXPRESSED: SHANGHAI– DISCOVERING THE OTHER CHINA

Travel Dates: July 16 through 18, 2011  Shanghai is part sprawling, Jetsons style uber-metropolis and part retro-chic former European outpost. It is about as un-China as one can get, and still be in mainland China. Our tour-sponsored hotel for the first two nights, The Crowne Plaza Fudan, is in the Pudong section, the sleeker, more […]

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