Ancient Tradition and Pretty Lanterns~ Shanghai

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lantern-festival-shanghai-6lantern-festival-shanghai-3lantern-festival-shanghai-23d2524ff-2db2-4a3c-b38f-9be696ad0c23Lanterns adorned with ancient poems, lights in the sky, colorful decorations, bright smiles, ever-growing crowds; this is the lantern festival in Shanghai’s Yu Gardens. Every year I keep going back simply to be with the joy of this special happening, celebrating the start of Chinese spring under a big full moon. How dull would life be without ceremony…

Day 15~ November 15th~ New York

spring in the city

I still remember riding my bike to work in Soho with wet hair and arriving with jingling frozen dreadlocks from the blistering New York City wind that blew in the maze between the tall buildings, and then suddenly the first tulips appeared and with them the slightly more mild and beautiful weather that makes the city so special in the Spring time. At this time of year, you feel hope very strongly as it floods the place with the promise of Spring and warmth emanating from every single flower on every city street.

Day Ninety Four, April 26, 2011

summetime~ a sneak peek

Just like that, unannounced, a day of summertime came today. The temperature rose to almost 35 degrees centigrade, the sun was shining, even the mosquitoes showed up to claim center stage. But this is Shanghai, a city of extremes, and so many times the gentle Spring is very short lived and is pushed over by the more aggressive Summer. The children have no complaints as they have been eying these pools all winter and finally they can splash away!

Day Nintey One, April 23, 2011

the hunt!

It was a sunny, warm and shiny day today. Lea put on her fresh colorful Spring clothes and within seconds from the start of the egg hunt, she was covered with leaves, blossoms, soil and grass stains! She was diving, crawling, climbing, shaking trees and running wild till she and her friends collected a huge pile of eggs and candies (especially brought from Germany from the lovely Anja). Needless to say, everyone is on a chocolate high today!

happy mess

accumulated and about to be consumed 🙂

Day Ninety, April 22, 2011

It's the season of color

It is the season of color and smiles. Who doesn’t smile to a pretty flower, to the warm rays of the April sun, to the first crisp fresh breeze that flirts with the curtains of an open window?

And then come the colored eggs! In our little family we get very excited about coloring them, hiding them and finding them again!

Thank you Spring! Thank you chickens! Thank you weather Gods!

Happy Spring everyone 🙂