The Urbanite in Vancouver

Anyone who has ever been to Vancouver will say this, if you like the hiking and the nature, this place is for you. The air is fresh, the weather moist, and the skies are always amazing. But what of the city? We lived here for 2 years, after escaping the harsh winters of Montreal. We…

The Old Towns of Shanghai

Towards the end of our stay in Shanghai, we were done with the electronic lights and the posh interiors and were looking for more of the old. My nest of contacts suggested Zhaojialou and Zhujiajiao (yes, I had gotten the two names mixed up on more than one occasion). Zhaojialou (赵家楼) Actually located within Shanghai, and…

Shanghai Part 1 – The Chaos.

I had been planning to make a trip back to China for a while now. The last time I was in Shanghai was 2003…likely 2003. China is as complicated to describe as the US. The good, the bad, it’s all there in the open, you can see it the moment your feet touches the ground….