” A smile is your passport into the hearts of others.” Chinese Fortune Cookie
When I was in high school and an exchange student, I traveled extensively throughout Asia: Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan. Mainland China was also on my itinerary but this was June, 1989 and it was going down (politically) in China at that time and I wasn’t allowed to go. I finally made it happen and happen it did. I had a whirlwind tour of Shanghai today. I visited Old Shanghai, The Confucian Temple, had a tea ceremony, visited the French and British Concession areas of the city, went to the fabulously beautiful Yu Garden, ate 8 Surprise Duck for lunch, went down to the Bund Waterway, saw the second tallest building in the world, visited a silk factory and learned all about silk worms – got to hold them and also help make a silk comforter, got lost, almost missed my next flight, rode the very confusing subway, met some very kind, friendly people and almost incited a riot in the airport between several taxi drivers who all wanted to drive me. You know, just an average day in the life of Lulu.