Archive | March, 2010

Touchdown: Shanghai Jan 8/2010

31 Mar

Sitting on a bench, looking out across a maze of buildings, with only a thin layer of glass between myself, and the drop of 94 stories to ground level. Im enjoying the amazing views across the city from the top of the SWFC building; hovering above the once great 88 story Jin Mao tower. Soon even this building will be surpassed in size, with construction of a 128 story tower nearby. This is Shanghai, and this is the effects of a rapidly modernizing country.

Back across the ocean, another long haul flight from Vancouver, just a few days in Shanghai to explore. The city is buzzing with construction as it spruces itself up for Expo 2010. I am here on the beginning of a 10 week trip, our goal is to reach southern India, travelling only by land, but for now we absorb our current surroundings. East Nanjing Road wanderings, Taxi Cab adventures, construction hopping through the Bund, tasty food in Old Town, and catching an acrobat show, its a massive city with much to do.

I pause to admire the view again, resting my legs from a hard day of walking through the city..

Home

26 Mar

So after 10 weeks of travelling through 5 countries and thousands of kilometers, I find myself now sitting in my office at home. Its so difficult to adjust I find, one day your exploring a village in India, and the next your home in Canada. The hot water works whenever you want it to, there’s always toilet paper, cars don’t try to hit me when I cross the street, its so very different.

I will be showcasing some photos that I took over the course of my recent travels, having sorted through over 3000 photos to find just 200 of my favorites was no easy task. But keep an eye out for those soon. I have a snowboard trip to Montana this weeked, but when I get back I’ll be posting some up.

So for now, I’d like to share some of my recent findings on youtube. Here are three videos I watched last night. One is by a favorite band of mine, the Gorillaz, in a new video which really surprised me, Bruce Willis? Really? The song also feature Mos Def.┬áThe second is a commercial by Tropicana, its a special commercial to me because it takes place in the Canadian Arctic, a place I know all too well. Its definetly one big push to get the locals drinking Tropicana, but hey, its fun and it made me smile. The final video is a short film called Uncle Jack, take a minute to watch this, I thought it was very well done.

In the mean time, stay safe!