So my summer travels are over. This isn’t any sort of retrospective post; I just want to list where I went for my own sake. Here goes:
- China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hong Kong
- Turkey: Istanbul
- India: Delhi, Kolkata
- Hungary: Budapest, Székesfehérvár
- Austria: Vienna
- Czech Republic: Prague
- France: Paris
- Spain: Madrid
- USA: New York
I also was in airports in Moscow, London, Reykjavik, Dallas, Seattle, Abu Ahabi, and Doha. Needless to say, it was quite a trip.
We arrived in Shanghai two days ago after our flight from Beijing was delayed for three hours. So far, I like it better than Beijing. Something about it feels like a more developed city. Things like subway rides and taxis are slightly more expensive, but it’s still way cheaper than in the U.S.
My final time in Beijing was spent with Joel’s class as they gave their final presentations for the projects that they had been working on all semester. It was pretty cool to see how the students from Taiwan, Beijing, and Los Angeles worked together for the past six months. That night everyone got together to go out, and we ended up with splintered groups going every which way until we all meet up at a small club called Propaganda. Prior to this, the group Joel and I were with wandered down an alley and sat for a while eating what Joel has dubbed ‘meat-sticks’ (ie. lamb, chicken heart, beef, etc.)
Our hostel in Shanghai is the nicest I’ve ever seen (even though its only my third.) The city is great, and the skyline across the Bund is incredible. Last night, we went to an acrobatics show that cost us just 80¥. We found our way over to the 280¥ seats, and the show was impressive – not Cirque status – but still cool.
I’ll try to get some photos up soon.