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A week in Shanghai.
For seven days now, the weather has been more or less the same: the air is covered in a thick layer of white that seems to crush everything under motionless heat. From time to time, the sun manages to pierce through and some shadows appear here and there. Last night, the thunder and rain they'd been promising for a week finally appeared.
Walking outside was like taking a shower with disco lights on.
Quite different from what we are used to in Europe.

I've been in this city for a week, but downtown only three times.
I've spent most of my time at my friend's mother's house waiting for her husband to get better (he got a violent stomach flu), or then simply waiting for the weather to become more bearable. And if it wasn't any of those reasons, then it was something else. And in any case, it takes about an hour to come downtown from the western suburbs...

On one of our three outings, we finally made it to the Bund. I say finally as my dear friend hadn't even thought about taking me there... when I asked her what it was (when I saw the name on a road sign) she wondered why I hadn't been there before. I looked at her with a blank stare and reminded her that this was my first time in China, let alone Asia...

Myeah, the joys of travelling alone are often undervalued, but still, it is a true privilege to be able to spend time within a Chinese family, eat with them, live with them and get to know them (as much as possible). I wish my brain would finally just open itself to understanding this fascinating language!

About the picture: I wish I'd checked out the image I took before heading off from the place. As I looked through the viewfinder, the ground was perfectly aligned with the lower bottom of the picture. It's only once we were back at the house and I uploaded the shots that I realised I'd screwed the eight pictures I took from this spot. In each one of them half of the people's feet are cut off.

I hope you will still be able to enjoy this sight of the (apparently) world renowned Bund. What you are missing in this picture is the wide river filled with ageing boats, loaded with various materials and people. But at least you get the Asian tourists (and some from other continents) looking at the impressive scenery and a hint of the sky scrapers that soar on the riverbanks.

The image appears quite a bit brighter on TE again... even though I managed it in sRGB mode ? I'm a bit lost with colour management and TE... anyone willing to give me lessons ? ;-)

A week in Shanghai, and today we finally moved into town.
Things might get a bit more interesting from here on... or so I hope ;-)

An advance Thank You to all those amongst You who take the time to criticise and/or leave a comment!

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