Shanghai vs. Seattle
Stepping outside to go get those huge portions at Cheesecake Factory, the sidewalks seemed quiet and, quite frankly, boring. In Shanghai, every time we step outside we are confronted with a barrage of sites to see. The people watching on the busy sidewalks is always interesting. Dancing on the street corners, morning and night, and the masses living their lives on the sidewalks, eating and socializing, is so completely different than life lived here in our comfy heated homes with kitchens and hot running water--luxuries in China. Just as in NYC, we are never bored in Shanghai. It's just impossible to see it all but we are giving it a go. WINNER: SHANGHAI
We laugh at how polite the drivers are in Seattle, giving pedestrians the right of way. Here we feel comfortable stepping into the crosswalks when we have the green light to get to the other side of the street. In Shanghai, that would get you killed. Any time you walk in the street, you better be nimble because you are a magnet for that bus that is bearing down on you, ready to strike you down. That being said, I was stuck in traffic for over an hour in the rain getting home from work in Seattle and was missing my subway to whisk me home. WINNER: TIE-DRIVERS ARE MORE POLITE IN SEATTLE BUT THEY NEED A SUBWAY!
WATER. AIR. SPORTS. DOGS. MOUNTAINS. HIPSTERS. FOOD. Seattle has it all but no one said it would be easy in China. If it was the same, we would be bored and why would we want to be there? So, despite the chaos and pollution, we both feel we made the right choice to experience a new culture and move to a new country. Of course, I just read in The Shanghai Daily online edition that the H7N9 bird flu toll continues to climb. Oh well, I hear fox and donkey meat taste pretty good if chicken is off the menu but perhaps I'll just stick to veggies and carbs. I'll let Thom eat the donkey!