Farewell 2014

School holidays continue and so does our exploration of art – this time we went back to M50 – which we visited about a year ago – which is a collection of little galleries of which we managed to visit a handful. The favorites were ‘Fat Mouse’ by Yu Honglei (probably because there we sun lounges to sit on whilst watching an animated film of famous art works flying across the screen)

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…and Island6 gallery with amusing pieces such as metal origami birds dancing to music and this one:  ‘Seen and Heard and Felt the Words’ Liu Dao Art Collective:

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….I’ll be trying this experiment of synesthesia this week.

And then I was recently re-aquainted with an Australian – whom I had met shortly after our arrival here in Shanghai – and she talked me into going with her and the kids to ‘Wells Jumping’. I was actually dreading this large space of 3 trampolines (and more!) but as I was allowed to jump, climb, kick and dance too (and as it was pretty empty as it was a ‘school day’), it turned out to be 3 hours of fun – and insured that the kids slept soundly on Christmas Eve.

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This friend also gave us a great address for tree climbing as my daughter had been craving some suitable trees…and although I did feel a little awkward – being in the grounds of a fancy hotel (Okura Garden Hotel)-…..it was worth it for the smiles on the kid’s faces!

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Tai chi is still practiced here BUT only by the older generation. The younger generation tend to scoff at it.

 

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We celebrated Christmas with a morning swim, strawberry tart (yes strawberries – glass-house and no doubt chemical ridden- are in season now) and some other goodies and an afternoon stroll. Followed by lots of LEGO time.

 

 

Shanghighs‘: Our driver Ben made us a batch of shao-mai – which he assured us were much better than those sold in the street … and he was right. He can’t believe that the kids are STILL on vacation.

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Steaming shaomai

Shanglows‘:  –  Farewell to Isabelle. I met Isabelle soon after our arrival and thought she was exceptional (friendly, intelligent, open-minded…). I was kicking myself at her farewell dinner this week that I’d not made more efforts to see her more often over the past 1.5-years. Seize the day!

Shangunusuals‘: Many people have said that 2014 was a tough one. I’d have to agree and am looking forward to a 2015 that teaches more gently (or that I learn more quickly with more serenity!)

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