Day Three Hundred Thirty Nine, December 27, 2011

snow over fences

Is there anything more inspiring to contemplate than nature? I was watching the snowy landscape and letting my mind drift when it suddenly stopped at the thought of water and its different forms, inspired by the view of the soft powdery snow on this wood and barbed wire fence. I thought of how much depth and how many different truths exist to each one thing. We live in a multi-dimensional universe where water is not just water, but steam, ice, snow, hydrogen, oxygen, hail and even fog. So, how could anyone claim to know the whole truth? Isn’t only those who don’t even know themselves?

Here is to the search for truth in 2012!

Day Three Hundred Thirty Two, December 20, 2011

the shortest of days

The longest of nights, the shortest of days, the herald of rebirth, the winter solstice is upon us. Our planet is reaching its maximum axial tilt to our star, the sun and after this day it begins to reverse its course towards longer days and shorter nights. This time of year is so auspicious when we think about it, when we pull ourselves away from thoughts of the man in the red suit and what he has in his bag for us, or what damage we have done to your credit cards because someone said we had to. It is a time of magic, of rebirth, of new beginnings and of witnessing a greater power at work, a power that is in the business of creating and engineering planets, suns and stars…

have a wonderful winter solstice my friends.

Day Three Hundred Twenty, December 8, 2011

color's last breath

On a very early morning walk today, it was drizzling, fresh drops from a grey blanketed sky, the breeze was still catching its breath and getting ready to exhale later in the day, it was the time of morning magic. Soon winter will paint over everything with a muted canvas of grays, browns and whites, and the vibrant colors of fall will become just a memory. The few leaves I saw today with their glorious oranges, yellows and reds were just hanging on awaiting their turn to ride on the wings of the howling wind that is sure to come and carry them away…

Day Three Hundred Fourteen, December 2, 2011

winter is here

Winter has a way of appearing overnight in Shanghai, from one moment to the next, the mild air disappears and it gets replaced by a biting cold wind that makes itself known and heard, winter is here! The city looks so different in the colder season, and Shanghainese are known to bundle up heavily, 3 pairs of pants, 5 shirts, a lot of wool and the children end up looking like tiny Sumo wrestlers with all their padding. Pretty soon the meats will start to be seen hanging from windows to dry and fires on the street for cooking and keeping warm are lit. There is still an old time nostalgic feel to this amazing city despite the rapid and dizzying speed of modernism, Shanghai is a traditional city at heart.

Day Two Hundred Ninety Three, November 11, 2011

making room for winter

Don’t you love the rolling of seasons and how elegantly each season fades into the next? Our glorious fall is shedding the last stage of vibrant colors as if it knows we will be yearning for brightness in the coming grey and white days of winter, so it saturates us with hues so bright that we yearn for the toned down palette that is sure to follow. In Shanghai’s streets these days the workers are busy sweeping away the fallen leaves and starting to bundle up for the coming cold.

leaf sweeper

Day Two Hundred Seventy Nine, October 28, 2011

the cookie that lived...

It is the time of year when ghosts roam the streets and demand to be fed with candy or they would scare us to death, when elves get busy making sweets and building toys for good children everywhere from their north pole workshop and when an a jolly old man in a red suit is waking up and getting ready to saddle his reindeer and to ride his carriage in the skies of the planet delivering gifts and fulfilling the lists of little children, the time when cookie people are not all just cookies. Some of these cookies will escape and go to cookie land before they get colored silly and eaten.

I love these fantastical stories we grow up with but is it any wonder our children think twice before blindly believing everything we say?

Day Two Hundred Seventy Eight, October 27, 2011

fountain of light

It is getting to the time of year when the days are shorter and the darkness starts to slowly creep closer and closer to merge with the light. It is the time when we like to bundle up with a blanket, a warm sweater and a cup of tea, to light a candle and be cozy inside our homes. And the darker it gets the more attractive lights become to us and the more comforting we find them to be. I love fairy lights and in China they are just everywhere and in all the color you can imagine. I am ready for Christmas early this year, it is in the air…

Day Twenty Two, February 13, 2011

The driving force—Chinese worker

Today, another blistering cold day in Shanghai, I walked the streets with my friend Sabrina, who I am pushing to start her “365” project—soon it will work!

I love it when special things happen like meeting a stranger who smiles at you with all their heart, you talk (in this case with my limited mandarin and lots of giggles), and then an hour later you meet them again and they are still in the same bubbly mood and delighted to see you again.

Workers in China are the driving force of this emerging dragon nation. They are often very lively and fun to deal with. This one here made my day!