Secrets from the Streets of Shanghai

Monday, July 06, 2015

I always believe that the closest encounter one could ever have in an unfamiliar city is through its streets. Being just a visitor, you need to somehow find a way to genuinely connect with the places that you visit. The sights and sounds will fascinate you, but discovering the soul of these places will change you.

We only had a little more than a day to trace downtown Shanghai. No fixed plans, no data and no maps (well, almost.). We took spontaneous turns, hopeful steps and some couple of snaps here and there to capture moments. We searched for bricked walls, colored tiles, trimmed gardens, dirty alleys, (and H&M for Kara, haha!) and had the best time of our lives. 

We walked for hours and hours, enjoying anything and everything that we find along the way. Despite the language barrier, and the different culture, the streets would find a way to unveil simple mysteries to you; to get you in touch with their simple ways, their routine, their spirit.

The streets taught me secrets that actually made our trip really really worthwhile...
  • Smile is a universal language! :))))
  • Thank you in the local will go a very long way! Xie xie ni!!
  • Be street smart, wise and be safe; yet be completely OPEN!
  • Know when to rush, & more importantly, know when to slow down.
  • Even if you know the way, ask one more time.
  • Collect and capture moments, but LIVE in those moments!
  • Be brave and adventurous.
  • Boredom is a choice.
  • Be keen to beauty, & play with perspectives.
  • Have lots of FUN!

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