Moving Out

By Jane | December 2, 2013

8,008 km so far.

Sick update: Still sick, like too sick to get out of bed or go anywhere or enjoy anything sick. Also, very sick of being sick.

Still, needs must, and today we had to move out. Heather, who was loaning us her flat, has returned from the first leg of her trip, so we got out so she could get back in. For various reasons, this involved waiting around for a really long time. I didn’t mind, since waiting around is a lot like lying in bed which is all I really want to do.

Stephen, on the other hand, wasn’t too happy to spend most of his first day off in Shanghai sitting on his butt.

After saying farewell to Flora and checking into our new digs, a not-bad room in a youth hostel, we did manage to get out for a wander around.

Back To Black, White Is Right

My photo assignment for the day was Black & White. Sadly, the light and my energy ran out equally quickly, and I really half-assed this one. I think I’ll give myself another shot at B&W tomorrow, but here’s what I came up with today.

Black & White seems to be a great way to capture Shanghai’s old world vibe, while still capturing its undeniable modernity.

Shanghai incorporates all the elements of the Three Chinas Stephen blogged about a few weeks ago: city China, nature China, and the Rest of China.

Three Chinas collide: city, nature, and all the rest.

Three Chinas collide: city, nature, and all the rest.

Much of Shanghai could be mistaken for any provincial city in China.

Our hostel is on a curving alleyway, in which the primary commodity is live animals. Crickets, turtles, fish, chickens, bunnies, and ferrets (!) are all on sale.

Ferret for sale in Shanghai alleyway.

Ferret for sale in Shanghai alleyway.

Right around the corner, office buildings and shopping malls tower above the city.

Christmas is popping out all over, in Shanghai.

Christmas is popping out all over, in Shanghai.

But the alleyways remain old China.

Abandoned mattress in Shanghai alleyway.

Abandoned mattress in Shanghai alleyway.

And construction remains a constant.

Bamboo scaffolding in Shanghai.

Bamboo scaffolding in Shanghai.

Six-lane thoroughfares are filled with moderns cars and two-wheeled vehicles of every description.

Oversized load, Shanghai.

Oversized load, Shanghai.

The 1930s atmosphere hangs over the city.

Neon theatre sign, People's Square, Shanghai.

Neon theatre sign, People’s Square, Shanghai.

But the people are unmistakably NOW.

Modern beautiful girls, Shanghai.

Modern beautiful girls, Shanghai.

There are so many flavours of Shanghai.

Pedestrian shopping district, Shanghai.

Pedestrian shopping district, Shanghai.

I can’t wait to get healthy and start tasting.  

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