An indelible impression

We returned to Toronto five days ago and are still feeling the effects of jet lag, and of the trip. Our Beijing guide, Babbitt, was kind enough to send a note asking how we’re doing. The people connections we made through design or circumstance are the best part...

Disco and dumplings

  The Chinese elderly are the most vibrant seniors I have ever seen, although our guide Babbitt pointed out that I am only seeing the vibrant ones. They participate in morning exercise and evening exercise in the parks of Beijing and Shanghai in several ways: Tai...

Dis place meant

The experience of being away is always beneficial, but in ways you might not expect. We are in a three-day hiatus between guests, so Jonathan is writing lectures he will be giving here and I am working on a new manuscript, and for some reason we felt more homesick...

Dining at the Oriental Pearl Tower

  Yesterday we (me, husband, OD or Older Daughter) did the most touristy thing we could think of for OD’s last day in Shanghai. We took the metro to the financial district, rode an elevator up to the 88th floor of the Oriental Pearl Tower and ate a buffet...

Year of the snakes and ladders

Life is beginning to turn right side up. The students are returning to our Fudan University campus from their spring festival visits to family. We got our Metro cards and submitted knapsacks to the security scanners that sit at every subway entrance and blessed...