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Vacation in Okinawa: Hiding from the Coronavirus Panic

We planned our Chinese New Year break vacation to Okinawa way before we were aware of the whole coronavirus mess going on in Wuhan. We left Shanghai on January 18th and I think I may have had some vague awareness that there was some outbreak going on somewhere else in China. During our week-long stay… Continue reading Vacation in Okinawa: Hiding from the Coronavirus Panic

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Shanghai’s Flower, Bird, and Insect Market

Visiting Shanghai during Golden Week meant sharing views of the Bund with nearly all of China’s 1.5 billion people. It was like Walmart on Christmas Eve over there. There were lines of cops everywhere with megaphones trying hopelessly to create order in a sea of chaos. But, it wouldn’t be China if you weren’t being… Continue reading Shanghai’s Flower, Bird, and Insect Market

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Baby at The Bund: A Day Trip to Shanghai

A Russian, two Brazilians, a Kazakh, an Indian, and three Americans get on a train. There is no punch line. It’s just how I spent my Saturday. Since arriving in China three weeks ago, life has been a hectic whirlwind. We lived in a hotel for 15 days while trying to find a place to… Continue reading Baby at The Bund: A Day Trip to Shanghai