We did it! After a little bit more than a year back in the United States, we culled through the combined posts from this blog and my wife’s blog, as well as a few thousand photographs, and have published a book documenting our time living in Shanghai. It is available from Blurb as both an eBook for the iPad, or as a 6″ x 9″ softcover book.
Freighters anchor in Elliott Bay waiting for an end to a dock workers’ slowdown.
And still we wait. Our possessions were shipped from Shanghai back in early October, but a slowdown by dock workers here in the USA has caused a backlog of freight that remains on the docks, or on ship that have yet to be unloaded. We are scheduled to move out of temporary housing and into our new apartment on December 1st, but may have to extend our temporary stay while we wait for pots and pans and towels and lamps and furniture.
Fans flash cards in support of Seattle Sounders FC before the start of the semi-final playoff game against Dallas FC
Futbol (Soccer to most Americans) may be the world’s most popular sport and a secondary, or even tertiary sport in the United States, but Seattle defies that way of thinking. The Seattle Sounders FC regularly outdraws the Seattle Mariners baseball team even though baseball is supposed to be America’s pastime. ( Sounders 2014 average attendance: 43,734; Seattle Mariners average attendance: 25, 485).
In contrast, James and I attended a futbol game in Shanghai, this summer, and the attendance at the Shanghai Dongya F.C. match couldn’t have been more than 3,000 fans.
A final walk through a doomed neighborhood.
I can hear a sad, old jazz melody playing in my head as I write this; 15 hours until I leave China for the final time. It has been a great 14 months, eye-opening, mind-changing, rewarding and energizing. I’m grateful to my wonderful wife for providing this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the next chapter. Zài jiàn. 再見/再见
A man leaves after getting a haircut and a shave from the barber outside the China Post on Weifang Xi Lu and Pudong Lu. I have not noticed very much facial hair during my time in Shanghai, but this guys mustache makes up in style for what the city lacks in quantity.
Man washes his car on a Sunday afternoon.
Shanghai has a long tradition of wearing pajamas in public
and despite an official government program to eliminate this comfort trend during the 2010 World Expo, some folks still persist in exercising their right to be comfortable, like this man washing his car on Sunday afternoon. Although not as popular as it once was, you still see a number of (mostly) men strolling the streets in their sleepwear, particularly on Sundays, a day many have off from work.