Hello from the Other Side

The fourteen-hour flight from Chicago to Shanghai almost did me in, but the opportunity to see a city reinventing itself and to interview young Chinese students who want to continue their education in the United States has been rejuvenating. Thus far I have survived using chopsticks, tasting jellyfish, following street merchants as they wind their way through stalls and shops to bring me to their favored seller, and long van rides. I have also been the recipient of kindness beyond expectation from the natives of this incredible land.

Below are pictures of the “new” side of the river in Shanghai and a typical shop front in the Bund District on the “old” side of the river, which houses the financial district as well.

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Tomorrow it’s off to Beijing and the Great Wall. I’ll report in again from there.

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