Joined December 2017
  • Day22

    Bye bye Nanjing

    December 22, 2017 in China

    And that was it ... three weeks in Nanjing are over. It was .... amazing, different, sometimes strange, but sill great. Now, after an hour long subway ride, an hour of waiting in lines for passport control and security and a quick soup at the airport (with hot water from the dispenser) I am at the gate, ready to board.

    Next stop: Thailand, Bangkok, Heat, Vacation, Girlfriend, Chillaxing, Adventure, Beach, Sun, another awesome cultural experience, nature, ocean, and food.Read more

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  • Day21

    Taking a nap

    December 21, 2017 in China

    I saw it a couple of times, but always after lunch time. People just take little naps, whenever they are right now. I think that’s great. We should start doin that again. Everything is always moving so fast and it gets harder to find time for small breaks in the daily work life.

  • Day17

    How to make noodles...

    December 17, 2017 in China

    ... in about ten seconds. Nobody needs Kitchen Aid anymore! This is an awesome family run small restaurant we found in Shanghai. Great people, great food and exactly the right thing when it is about freezing outside

  • Day17

    Shanghai's "Old Town"

    December 17, 2017 in China

    Wow what a place ... And this is what’s left over from the very old streets and homes of Shanghai. Around Wutong Road, we walked very narrow roads and found very bizarre places that are so different from modern China. It is very hard to describe, just see for yourself. The only thing about these places: they will soon have to go and make room for Skyscrapers. Is it a curse because nothing will be left of the old history of Shanghai? Or is it a blessing because it is a very hard life in these homes?Read more

  • Day17

    Shanghai 1933 (wow!)

    December 17, 2017 in China

    Shanghai 1933 was built as a slaughterhouse and is now the home of some fancy stores, restaurants, galleries and a micro theatre. It was designed by British architects and is a VERY fine peace of ... well ... architecture. The concrete structure on four floors seems to change every time you go around a corner or even just slightly move your head. If it wasn’t for the cold we could have walked around the building for hours (thanks Vivian for leading me here).

    Forget all the buildings in modern buildings in Shanghai. THIS is the place to be, don’t miss out!

    In the summer, there seem to be quite famous roof top parties. I think I’ll need to be back to Shanghai one day ...
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  • Day14

    On the menu today: frogs.

    December 14, 2017 in China

    Alright, one step further into the world of eating animal parts. It is pretty common to eat frogs here in China, and they actually tasted quite nice. But frogs are also on the menu in many other countries of the world, also including Spain, Greece and, of course, France. There are sources that say that worldwide around 3.2 billion frogs are traded each year (!) By the way: the round vegetable that you can see in the picture is actually from the root of the Lotus.Read more

  • Day13

    Mobile first

    December 13, 2017 in China

    In China, money doesn’t count a lot anymore. It is all about the smartphone! Everyone is just paying via QR code, which is connected to WeChat or Alipay. Tencent and Alibaba are not only social media or e-commerce platforms anymore, they are actually very strong in financial services.

    If you go out for lunch or for some drinks after work in a group, one single person will take care of the bill and the others will just digitally transfer their share to that person’s account. This is very convenient and no one actually uses cash anymore (besides the weird German who still has Cash only ...)

    And if your smartphone ever runs out of battery ... the next charging station is only one store away :) and you will pay for the electricity by ... of course: digital currency.
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  • Day12

    The People

    December 12, 2017 in China

    During the first moments always hard to read, it is great to see how very skeptical faces turn into wide smiles. This is what happens to me many times each day. On the streets, in the metro, in restaurants or in stores. It’s like this:

    I look at someone.
    She looks back at me, pokerface.
    I smile.
    She smiles even more.
    I say “hello!”
    She cracks up laughing.

    Especially children are very interested. They sometimes just stare at me, especially if I am wearing my cap or even sunglasses :)Read more

  • Day10

    Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

    December 10, 2017 in China

    Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China and its first president, is buried here at the Purple Mountain. Thousands of people (very close to 100% Chinese) were here today, on a Sunday with beautiful sunshine.

    It is the first time this week I really saw a blue sky and was able to feel the warmth of the winter sun.

  • Day10

    The Nanjing City Wall (南京城墙)

    December 10, 2017 in China

    It was very impressive to walk the stairs up the wall and to get a feeling for its unbelievable dimensions. When it was build in the 14th century by emperor Zhu Yuanzhan, who made Nanjing the capital of China, it was the longest wall in China and belonged to the largest in the world. It was/is 48km long and took 21 to be built! Now, more than 600 years later, it is still in great shape.

  • Day8

    Must try: chicken feet (or 凤爪)

    December 8, 2017 in China

    “After an outer layer of thin skin is removed, most of the edible tissue on the feet consists of skin and tendons, with no muscle. This gives the feet a distinct texture different from the rest of the chicken's meat.” (Wikipedia)

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