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.
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.