So it's been a while since I've written here, but now seems like a good time since I'm returning to China in 5 days.
After a much longer stay in the U.S. than originally expected (thank you global economic crisis!), I am finally headed back to Shanghai in a few days. I'll be arriving on February 3 and am really looking forward to getting back. It's definitely been nice to be in the U.S., seeing friends and family, traveling a little bit, etc., but I was just starting to feel at home in Shanghai so I can't wait to be there again.
I know it's going to be a bit of culture shock all over again. I've been in the U.S. for almost 6 weeks, which is long enough to get accustomed to drivers who follow traffic laws, service people in stores and restaurants who actually try to serve, internet that works without the infringement of the "Great Firewall," meat served independently of bones, salad, personal space, .......the list goes on. It's nice in some ways, but at this point what I want is to be in Shanghai. I definitely miss things about China. I guess this goes both ways. I miss the everyday routines that I was getting used to in Shanghai. The security guard who wears the same pair of camouflage pants every day and at night sleeps in the tiny gatehouse at the top of my apartment block's drive (I think we're friends but he probably just thinks I'm the crazy foreigner), the fruit and vegetable markets right on my block, the newsstand on the corner where I buy the Shanghai Daily most mornings, the walk to the subway. It's strange to think how quickly one can get accustomed to things.
Some exciting things coming up too. A week of traveling for work (Tianjin, Qingdao, Taiwan) will be a chance to see some new places, especially Taiwan which I've wanted to go to for a while. Also some good live music, albeit on complete opposite ends of the spectrum: Jose Gonzalez on February 18 and Paul van Dyk on February 20. Other than that, just returning to the everyday-exciting life in Shanghai!
Few interesting reads while I'm at it:
Is India now the rightful place of the American Dream?
If you can appreciate bathroom humor, there's this roundup of English streets and towns.
A profile of the guy some call China's Tom Wolfe, documenting the excesses and absurdities of capitalism run wild in modern China.
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