December 2013

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Goodbye Shanghai

Tomorrow we leave the city that we’ve been calling home for the last month, so today was all about saying goodbye to Shanghai. We spent most of the day hanging out and chatting with some of our new friends. It’s always fun to meet interesting and inquisitive people, who we can talk to for hours […]

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High Society

8,008 km so far. I taught my last two classes in Shanghai this afternoon at Karma Life Yoga’s Laoximen studio. It was bittersweet for me. I am really itching to get back on our bikes and travelling again, but I have also loved being on the mat every day, teaching students, and being immersed in […]

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Exploring Shanghai Suburbia

While Stephen was finishing up his last few classes in Shanghai, I decided to get out of the city centre and visit the water village of Qibao. Being only 30 metro minutes away from central Shanghai, Qibao is actually more of a water suburb than a village. I had read that one should under no […]

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10 Yogis Walk Into A Bar

8,008 km so far. What happens when a bunch of yogis go out together? They talk about yoga, of course. Tonight was one of those nights. Fortunately we were at Dr. Beer, one of Shanghai’s hip brewery bars, and it is well set up for mingling, talking, and, naturally, drinking beer. Tonight, we talked a […]

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Night Time Is The Light Time

8,008 km so far. I hardly ever take my camera out at night. Why bother, right? It’s too dark to take pictures anyway. But, I’ve carried around my cool little Gorillapod for 8,008 km and rarely used it, so I thought I’d dust it off and get some practice shooting some of Shanghai’s famous (and […]

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Shopping Small In Tianzifang

8,008 km so far. My continuing obsession with shikumen houses was fed today by a visit to the hipster-tourist shopping district of Tianzifang. This is the less polished counterpart to Xintiandi. While Xintiandi is all sterile chain stores housed in immaculate rebuilds of the old shikumen, Tianzifang squeezes its tiny boutique shops into the original […]

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Shikumen Living In Shanghai

The more I wander around the back streets of Shanghai, the more obsessed I become by shikumen, the low townhouses that used to stand throughout central Shanghai. The ones that still exist are abuzz with the sounds and smells of life being lived. Old women chop garlic in the longtan lanes, children run and shout, […]

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Do You Wanna Get High?

8,008 km so far. Shanghai used to be a city of long alleys lined with low townhouses called shikumen, each rising only two or three stories. These days though, architecture in Shanghai is all about looking up. Waaaay up. Since we’re currently staying on the 21st floor of an apartment building, I thought it would […]

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Putting In The Effort

8,008 km so far. I have been so busy teaching yoga while we’ve been in Shanghai that I have handed off blog writing to Jane. I miss writing and I miss sharing my side of our experiences, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and my blog posts would be limited to: I […]

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Workers’ Playtime

8,008 km so far. This morning’s photo assignment, People At Play, was a tough one for me. You see, I hate to photograph people. Actually, that’s not true. I love taking photos of people I know, but I hate taking photos of strangers. It makes me feel intrusive and uncomfortable; I just don’t like sticking […]

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