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Day Three Hundred Forty Six, January 3, 2012

home at last

After a 13 hour flight, and 2 airports, home is the absolute best place to be. The familiar rooms, the sense of belonging, and most importantly your own bed and shower. I was talking to a friend recently who said home is where your ‘stuff’ is , and somehow there is a lot of truth in that. We nest like birds and eventually the the twigs we collect along the way become our comfort, our security, and our home.

photo: a leftover Christmas decoration on the window looking out at the skyline of Shanghai

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Day Two Hundred Eighty Five, November 3, 2011

at the end of the day

At the end of the day, there is nothing more settling than nesting at home. It is a point of recharge, of going back to the familiar, to the routine, to the comfort, to the warmth, to fill up with energy in order to go out again into the big world. I love the sense of home almost as much as I love adventure and questing for the unknown. If there was no known, the unknown would not exist at all would it?

photo: Lea after her end of the day shower getting ready for a short movie on the sofa with Shanghai evening lights in the window

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Day Two Hundred Thirty Six, September 15, 2011

the beginning of a new friendship

One of the cons of an expat life is the constant change a family has to go through. Your friends come and they go. Deep friendships are naturally formed with people since all are away from home, from extended families, and they cling to each other in search for a sense of belonging, comfort and support. And then the time comes for one of the families to move, leaving a hole behind, an emptiness, a missing piece of a puzzle that needs to be rearranged once again.

I have watched Lea go through so many strong friendships since we moved to Shanghai now more than 5 years ago, from extremely powerful bonds that still endure across distances, to fleeting ones that got forgotten, but somehow the need is always there for a new friendship to grow.

I watch her today as she declares a new friendship and prepared the ground for yet another year of shared adventures, celebrations, ice creams, lollipops and sleepovers…

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Day One Hundred Sixty Eight, July 9, 2011

a sleepless night with a little bear

For any parent, the most unforgettable and uncomfortable times are those spent with a sick child. You do everything in your power to comfort them, you pray to take away their pain into yourself, you worry, you call on all your reserve strength to be there for them completely and with all your senses and with all the love that you can muster. This was such a night, a night of suspected mild concussion spent at the hospital awake, monitoring, hoping and wishing for all to be ok. And thankfully it was. Little bear was there for comfort and occasional hugs.

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Day Forty Seven, March 10, 2011

If you have to do it, do it in style!

Yes, the Shanghainese still sport pajamas in the street.

It is mostly the older generations, but wearing sleepwear outdoors is still a wide custom and is seen on a daily basis around city streets. The reasons, when you investigate, vary from the fact of people sharing bathrooms outside their homes with other families, to comfort, to the cheap price of the garments, to simple cultural tradition. Bit I love seeing it, because for me it makes Shanghai what it is, especially when I see ladies with their high heels, bags and perfectly styled hair and makeup walk down the street in their pajamas, like this lady in my neighborhood today!