I took my summer Sperrys out for a walk yesterday, wishing for sunshine. I searched for colors, saw two things I had never seen before, got rained on a little, and shared an overhang with a woman and her gorgeous handbag. While I take a few days to sort photos from our recent travels, I thought I’d share some sights of a Shenyang summer.
I choose not to include one of the dismal sky, preferring to remember the beautiful spring we experienced this year. This year’s summer sky is one described best by Barbara Kingsolver in Flight Behavior. She wrote, “Whoever was in charge of weather had put a recall on blue and nailed up this mess of dirty white sky like a lousy drywall job.” Yes, just like that.
I will keep wishing for sunshine and searching for beautiful things. Enjoy.
More summer shots on Instagram @thesimpleadventure, including a short clip from a local noodle shop. This post is ipod pictures only.
Is it mudflaps or mud flaps? Either way, my new pink bike has them. And I took them out for a spin along the Hun River when spring was showing its first beautiful signs a couple of weeks ago. When we experience days like this, we must take advantage!
The Hun He (Hun River), previously known as the Shen River, gave the city its name. Before urban sprawl, the city was on the north side of the river, the yang side, hence Shenyang. (I wonder what they would have considered urban sprawl 7,200 years ago when the first residents came to this spot.) Though there is much talk about the river’s pollution from industrial run-off, the government has done a great job making a green beltway as a hub for many recreational activities. This includes my 12 km mudflap test ride. Enjoy some pics and a moment of zen. http://youtu.be/VSHov1z2Uyk
This afternoon, I happened upon a lovely blog, The Daily Bubble Tea. I loved his photos and reading about his expat adventures in Taiwan. And I decided to steal his idea of sharing monthly Instagram pictures. Enjoy a few of The Simple Adventure’s square shots from February. Instagram @thesimpleadventure. Just click on the photo if you want more info.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël. 圣诞快乐. Any way you say it, we wish you the very best this month and always.
T and I are wrapping up another year in Shenyang. T continues his work for Michelin on a new plant in northeast China. This is a plant to supply the Chinese market – so many cars and trucks equals a lot of tires. He likes his work and his colleagues, and is looking forward to seeing the rest of the plan become a reality over the next year or so. I stay busy in my fourth year volunteering at the Shenyang Yuanjian School. I dearly love those little kiddos and the teachers in our Chinese school. I watch them grow and change and do amazing things every day.
Another winter has set in and the year has been good to us. There were trips and travels, and many normal days in and around Shenyang. There were trips to the market, the golf course, the vet. There were dinners and friends, laughs and cries, work and volunteering, movies and tv, music and more music, oatmeal on Sunday mornings, searches for good cups of coffee, and discovering the recipe for the best ever chocolate cake. Normal days living the simple adventure.
Be well, friends and family and blog readers. Do good things because it’s the right thing to do. Help people. Tell the truth. Give back. Make good choices. Respect others. Love, and may you be loved.
One of the biggest adjustments to life in Shenyang is that it is a BIG city. I’ve said it before. I’m sure I’ll say it all again. Population of approximately 7.5 million people. 400 new car licenses every day. Noisy, busy, a little crazy – every day. It is hard to believe what we’ve seen over the last three years, and who knows what we’ll see in the years to come?!
Over the last few months, there are city shots I haven’t shared on the blog. These are images that will stay in our minds for a long time, simply because we see them every day under various skies and in many moods. Images of a city we couldn’t imagine before we arrived, and now, it will always be a part of us.
Enjoy a little Shenyang in its big city, crazy glory.