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Rhein Promenade~ Duesseldorf

As Europe starts to gradually ease covid restrictions, I keep hearing talk of going back to our old normal, as if that is even possible!

Having lived through this pandemic and all the changes that we have witnessed, how can we use the words ‘going back’?

From here on, we can only move forward and discover a new normal, certainly not the same one we had.

Will they erase all these isolation circles that we got so used to standing inside of ? What about the way we wash our hands for 20 seconds? And the masks? Would the masks stay as they did in Asia after the SARS epidemic?

Let’s see what the future holds and how ‘normal’ is to be redefined.

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Day Seventy Three, April 5, 2011

The kite runner

Sunrise on the bund is an experience I have been wanting to have for as long as I lived in Shanghai. This morning it all worked out : clear day, not freezing, day off, a friend joined me, and it was meant to be. As the first light of the day started appearing at 5:45 AM, the first kite runners started to show up unrolling their threaded kites and getting ready to practice a life long tradition in the most beautiful and open part of Shanghai. It was amazing to watch them getting into their practice that obviously gave them so much joy. I chatted with them about their kites, basically asking which one is theirs, as I could not at all make them out, there were so many! They were so friendly and playful, I am so grateful for this special experience . I am sure I will go back.

One more photo:

and the happy kite runner