An Idiot Abroad: Chinese Delicacy

I hope not to be an ‘Idiot’ abroad when I visit Beijing and Shanghai next week, but I just remembered this clip from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s brilliant ‘Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad’ Sky1 show, and completely share Karl’s sentiments regarding food. What would give someone an idea to eat a fetus? Or a scorpion? Toad? Hmmm! I do want to have genuine Chinese experiences when I am away and am going to try to encourage myself to at least try some of the more colourful cuisine. Where is a good place to start for a beginner? Centipede? Cricket? I am firmly NOT promising anything!!

One week to go!

I’m really getting excited now as there is now only 7 more days to go until I depart for China. I’ve never been so far away by myself before so I am also a little bit nervous, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am 30 years old and I need to ‘man up’. This trip is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to get it started. There’s a hell of a lot to try to fit into the limited time I have there, but I’ll try my hardest…

Shanghai Then & Now

Excuse my ignorance, but when I glanced at this before and after photo of Shanghai, I thought it was 1900 and 2010. No! It’s 1990 and 2010! What a difference twenty years makes. I find it astonishing how a landscape can change so much when you see the similar skylines of New York and London change with (relatively) no difference over five years, or even ten years – bar 9/11 changing lower Manhattan. I travelled to Hong Kong in 2007 and was astonished at the land reclamation they had achieved in a few decades. The world is changing far more quickly than many of us realise. Maps are being redrawn and entire cities/countries are changing. What an amazing feat of engineering! Hopefully natural will not admonish to this achievement in physical versus natural beauty.

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