Shanghai

Shanghai is a truly international city. I could see the outside influences everywhere, but especially in the architecture. It's beautiful, frenetic, and a little overwhelming. I went with my coworker, Abby, a quiet, young Chinese woman whose easy-going and see-the-good-in-everything nature made her the best travel companion. 

 I love the mash of time & culture in this picture.

I love the mash of time & culture in this picture.

 Lovely. What you can't see is the crush of people behind me.

Lovely. What you can't see is the crush of people behind me.

 We took these organic coconuts on the train!

We took these organic coconuts on the train!

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 Abby & her best friend. They took me to Beer Lady, a famous beer spot. 

Abby & her best friend. They took me to Beer Lady, a famous beer spot. 

 The world famous Oriental Pearl Tower

The world famous Oriental Pearl Tower

 Outside Moller Villa 

Outside Moller Villa 

 The Bund at night

The Bund at night

 Soup dumplings. I never knew love like this. 

Soup dumplings. I never knew love like this. 

 Sending a postcard to the future. Set to go out January 5, 2018.

Sending a postcard to the future. Set to go out January 5, 2018.

Sanya

In Sanya, I found myself in one of the most beautiful places I'd ever been and the loneliest I'd ever felt. I often sat on the balcony in my underwear. If anyone spotted me thirteen stories up, they deserved the view. 

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 on the last day, bought a coconut for 8 kuai

on the last day, bought a coconut for 8 kuai

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 Came all the way to China to get a vanilla ice cream pop

Came all the way to China to get a vanilla ice cream pop

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 I think this park was closed. Oops. 

I think this park was closed. Oops. 

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 Anchovies, crab, & shrimp fried rice. Incredibly spicy.

Anchovies, crab, & shrimp fried rice. Incredibly spicy.

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 Every night these buildings put on a light show. People sat on the beach and watched 

Every night these buildings put on a light show. People sat on the beach and watched