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 have two phones: my iPhone and a cheap Chinese smartphone I bought so my school could keep in touch with me. The problem is sometimes I leave one phone, like this day when I only had the Chinese phone, so I had to do some serious technology wrangling to get these photos to my computer. Hence, the reason they're all over the place -- day and night, food and places and all that jazz.