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    johannaef:

    A city of contrasts

    (Source: ablendofjo)

    — 8 months ago with 3 notes
    #shanghai 
    Feels like home →

    stefvorleiter:

    I do have one problem here in China, I absolutely hate and cannot stand squatters.

    Whenever I find a place that has a western toilet, I feel like home. It feels so great when you go somewhere and they have a western toilet. Its an added plus when the bathrooms have toilet paper and then when they…

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #china 
    Hades and Persephone →

    stefvorleiter:

    Tonight I attended Greek Mythology: Hades and Persephone Life Club Event tonight.It was at one of the venues, north of where our university is located. At first it took me forever to find it, I couldn’t find the building it was in, but in the end I found it with time to spare.

    David, the teacher,…

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #hades and persephone 
    elenayef:


As soon as I’m thinking of Shanghai as home sweet home, I’m leaving it. Whenever I’m away from where I live, returning to see these two towers (just like Lord of the Rings!) is such a glorious sight because it means coming home. The two towers are a part of Global Harbor, Shanghai’s largest mall, that’s being marketed as a tourist attraction because it is ridiculously grandiose. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, it actually reminds me of the newer shopping section of Caesar’s Palace . I guess that makes sense in a way: they are both ostentatious with more designer brands you can shake a stick at. So surreal to think it’s served as a stomping ground for people in my program because it’s only a ten minute walk away. 
Home is a somewhat difficult definition for me because I’ve moved around so much but I think what it comes down to is where you look forward to going at the end of the day. At the end of the day, I’m glad I live in Shanghai. 

    elenayef:

    As soon as I’m thinking of Shanghai as home sweet home, I’m leaving it. Whenever I’m away from where I live, returning to see these two towers (just like Lord of the Rings!) is such a glorious sight because it means coming home. The two towers are a part of Global Harbor, Shanghai’s largest mall, that’s being marketed as a tourist attraction because it is ridiculously grandiose. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, it actually reminds me of the newer shopping section of Caesar’s Palace . I guess that makes sense in a way: they are both ostentatious with more designer brands you can shake a stick at. So surreal to think it’s served as a stomping ground for people in my program because it’s only a ten minute walk away. 

    Home is a somewhat difficult definition for me because I’ve moved around so much but I think what it comes down to is where you look forward to going at the end of the day. At the end of the day, I’m glad I live in Shanghai. 

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #china  #home 
    Feels Like Home →

    kathleenef:

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    I’ve only been in Shanghai for only a few months, but it already feels like home. The transition from my other home, New York, to Shanghai wasn’t that abrupt—they’re both big cities. But that is where the similarity ends. The atmosphere of Shanghai is completely different. It’s difficult to…


     

    — 8 months ago with 3 notes
    #shanghai  #home 
    In spirit of the season →

    stefvorleiter:

    One thing I have been missing while I’ve been here in China is the holiday spirit that starts just about now back home. Usually you start to see decorations go up everywhere and Christmas music starts being played. Most restaurants and shop are selling their Christmas and holiday inspired products…

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #christmas  #shopping  #shanghai 
    elenayef:

I had a really cute photo of a postbox but it is now forever lost in my stolen phone. It’s too late now to snap a decent picture of the green postboxes that easily graces the streets so here is a cute photo of direction signs instead. Sort of the same thing! 
I don’t think I have anything interesting to say about the postboxes here except they are shaped differently and say “CHINA POST” on them. I’ve only used the post office once during my stay here. It was to send a postcard and that was super fun. When the post office worker gave me a stamp, I was very confused on why it didn’t stick and kept on trying to peel the back. Turns out in China, you have to GLUE the stamps on and apparently they have glue at the post office. Oops. 
About the post sign: I do not really know what it’s saying but I like the “a good story” and “a lifetime of memories” bit. Isn’t that what living abroad is all about?

    elenayef:

    I had a really cute photo of a postbox but it is now forever lost in my stolen phone. It’s too late now to snap a decent picture of the green postboxes that easily graces the streets so here is a cute photo of direction signs instead. Sort of the same thing! 

    I don’t think I have anything interesting to say about the postboxes here except they are shaped differently and say “CHINA POST” on them. I’ve only used the post office once during my stay here. It was to send a postcard and that was super fun. When the post office worker gave me a stamp, I was very confused on why it didn’t stick and kept on trying to peel the back. Turns out in China, you have to GLUE the stamps on and apparently they have glue at the post office. Oops. 

    About the post sign: I do not really know what it’s saying but I like the “a good story” and “a lifetime of memories” bit. Isn’t that what living abroad is all about?

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #sign 
    A post box →

    stefvorleiter:

    Since I’ve been here, I’ve been buying postcards wherever I go. I love collecting them, but I also like sending them to family and friends. I think its always great to get a postcard from somewhere in the world.

    I have also been writing letters and I went to go send them off today.

    Going to the…

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    Thanksgiving →

    johannaef:

    Yesterday was my first Thanksgiving/Turkey bowl experience ever and it was a really really great one :) We were a bunch of friends from all kinds of remote place: the U.S., Canada, Australia, Scotland and China. The celebrations started at ten o’clock, with cheese, crackers, dip and hot cider…

    (Source: ablendofjo)

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #thanksgiving  #china 
    Keeping Warm →

    stefvorleiter:

    Boy does it get cold fast here.

    I remember a few weeks ago when I was still walking around in shorts and sweating. Now, a few layers still won’t keep me warm.

    They were right when they told us to pack layers and layers, we definitely need them here in China.

    Even after a bunch of layers, the…

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #keepingwarm  #shanghai  #winter 
    elenayef:


in the spirit of the season

You know Shanghai is an expat central when there are heaps of Thanksgiving dinner options to choose from. They usually range an upward of $50 though so my friends and I decided to just have a nice meal at Xintiandi instead. It’s a really nice shopping area that’s filled with more foreigners than locals and is super close to Huaihai, another fancy street. 
Xintiandi has a special installation going on called Merry Kissmas. From Time Out Shanghai, “the installation is comprised of a giant Christmas tree alongside a Magnolia plant (Shanghai’s floral emblem), with mistletoe hanging from above. The idea is for couples to stand beneath the tree holding the Magnolia plant and to kiss, thereby completing the circuit and sparking the lights.” 
It doesn’t have to always be couples though as the above photos are of a family being cute. I also saw plenty of friends do kisses on the cheek. It’s totally in the spirit of the season because it spreads love while also being a perfect photo opt. Win/win. 

    elenayef:

    in the spirit of the season

    You know Shanghai is an expat central when there are heaps of Thanksgiving dinner options to choose from. They usually range an upward of $50 though so my friends and I decided to just have a nice meal at Xintiandi instead. It’s a really nice shopping area that’s filled with more foreigners than locals and is super close to Huaihai, another fancy street. 

    Xintiandi has a special installation going on called Merry Kissmas. From Time Out Shanghai, “the installation is comprised of a giant Christmas tree alongside a Magnolia plant (Shanghai’s floral emblem), with mistletoe hanging from above. The idea is for couples to stand beneath the tree holding the Magnolia plant and to kiss, thereby completing the circuit and sparking the lights.” 

    It doesn’t have to always be couples though as the above photos are of a family being cute. I also saw plenty of friends do kisses on the cheek. It’s totally in the spirit of the season because it spreads love while also being a perfect photo opt. Win/win. 

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #christmas  #decorations 
    elenayef:

Not pictured above: gloves because the universe decided gloves and I are not meant to be. I’m in perpetual need of gloves because I keep on losing them. Luckily, Shanghai is full of places where you can buy winter gear. There are plenty of sellers with their makeshift “stores” in and around the metro. I would presume their stuff is cheaper than the stores but they actually start them at the same price unless you are a very good bargainer. The key to Shanghai’s winter is to layer, layer, layer because chances are you’ll get very hot somewhere and then very cold somewhere else. 

    elenayef:

    Not pictured above: gloves because the universe decided gloves and I are not meant to be. I’m in perpetual need of gloves because I keep on losing them. Luckily, Shanghai is full of places where you can buy winter gear. There are plenty of sellers with their makeshift “stores” in and around the metro. I would presume their stuff is cheaper than the stores but they actually start them at the same price unless you are a very good bargainer. The key to Shanghai’s winter is to layer, layer, layer because chances are you’ll get very hot somewhere and then very cold somewhere else. 

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #winter  #shanghai  #keepingwarm 
    elenayef:

When China wants to astound, it’s kind of ridiculous how truly beautiful it is. As the days on my program wind down, there’s a strange feeling of nostalgia for something that’s not yet gone and the desire to remember every moment. I don’t have a specific moment of something truly spectacular because I think what’s so spectacular here is all the little details. Frantically running to catch your transportation, singing really off-key at KTV, bargaining that scarf down to more than half the asking price, seeing the Bund all lit up, feeling pleased every time you successfully communicate in Chinese, the list goes on. You can’t fully capture Shanghai in just one moment because it’s too big for that. It’s a city filled with contradictions and frustrations but at the end of the day, you can’t help but fall a bit in love with it. 
I think the thing I will miss most about Shanghai is the people I’ve met here. You can always go back to the same place but you can never replicate your experience again. I’m going to try really hard to treasure these next days because I know it’ll be over too soon. 

    elenayef:

    When China wants to astound, it’s kind of ridiculous how truly beautiful it is. As the days on my program wind down, there’s a strange feeling of nostalgia for something that’s not yet gone and the desire to remember every moment. I don’t have a specific moment of something truly spectacular because I think what’s so spectacular here is all the little details. Frantically running to catch your transportation, singing really off-key at KTV, bargaining that scarf down to more than half the asking price, seeing the Bund all lit up, feeling pleased every time you successfully communicate in Chinese, the list goes on. You can’t fully capture Shanghai in just one moment because it’s too big for that. It’s a city filled with contradictions and frustrations but at the end of the day, you can’t help but fall a bit in love with it. 

    I think the thing I will miss most about Shanghai is the people I’ve met here. You can always go back to the same place but you can never replicate your experience again. I’m going to try really hard to treasure these next days because I know it’ll be over too soon. 

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #lake  #landscape 

    johannaef:

    A beautiful night on the Bund :)

    (Source: ablendofjo)

    — 8 months ago with 2 notes
    #shanghai  #china  #thebund  #bund