Post by Jenny Geyer.
This past weekend we decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. We met up with Gloria, a friend of mine who lives in Shanghai. Gloria took us to get foot massages at the Dragonfly, a well known spa in the city. Even though it was my first professional massage, I think it was the best one I’ve ever had :). With all the walking we were doing to get around the city, it felt great to get pampered and we felt like we were walking on air afterwards. It was such a contrast to go from getting pushed and shoved around, dodging cars and bikes to cross the street, to reclining in a leather lounge chair with mood lighting and a heated pillow with very welcoming and friendly people on the staff. That night we had a group dinner at hot pot with Gloria. We each had our own hot pot with boiling broth where we could add raw beef, tofu, vegetables, and spices to our liking. Things got a little messy especially with my lack of chopstick skills and tight space at the table but it was very good and the group had some good laughs about soulja boy, Davidson, concubines, black power rangers and more.
We went to the park to get some footage for the film and had some interesting encounters. The first park we went to we made a senior friend (we couldn’t understand him so we called him Larry) that was very intrigued with what we were filming and followed us around the whole park. From waltz dancing lessons and tai chi to card playing, singing, and wobbly children in their heavy outerwear, there was a lot of activity in the park and it definitely seemed like a haven for the city dwellers. We met a lady from Malaysia that was visiting and she commented on the growth in Shanghai and globally. She also commented on the coldness of the city, weather wise and feeling wise. She said she missed people saying hello and asking how you’re doing, which we had also noticed along with the intense stares and looks you get, actually that everyone gets. I gave a tai chi lesson, or I tried to give one, lol and we got to see a different side, a calmer side of Shanghai in the park.
Post by Jenny Geyer.