From Shanghai

I'm writing this from my grandparents' home in Shanghai, in the middle of probably one of the busiest streets in the city. I've spent almost 2 weeks in China and the past week in Shanghai. Been hanging around the city and near-by towns mostly. The other day my aunt and I went to this propaganda poster art centre. It was in a shady-lookin' basement of a giant apartment building. It had tons of posters from the 40s to the 80s of various government things. Apparently the place is known to many foreigners but not very many local people. I found it on Lonely Planet and my aunt had never heard of it.

Today, I went to some Confucious temple in the middle of Shanghai. Pretty cool I guess. I also went by my old elementry school; it's turned into a kindergarten now. Tonight we ate at a dim sum restaurant. And tomorrow we're going to some small town about 2 hours from Shanghai. And I think we might also goto an old Jewish neighborhood (from WWII times) sometime next week.

I've been taking a lot of photos while going out. Currently, my count is 968. It's sorta hard to get nice photos while touring some place. I can't stay for hours at a time looking for shots. Last week I spent maybe 2 hours at a park shooting scenery and some wild ducks. Got off a couple of good shots of the ducks taking off from water. But also missed at least 2 good chances. Also, I brought my Manfrotto monopod (which I specifically purchased for this trip) but I forgot the ballhead at home! So everything's been handheld. That really sucks. O well. I'll post some nice photos when I get back.