Big delay since my last post…sorry. You see, I’ve been a wee bit busy traveling to ASIA! This is part 1 of a two part post. China in this post. Korea in the next. Light on words, heavy on pics, because we all know that’s the good part!
Having surprisingly found myself working in the heart of the shipping industry, a trip to Asia was inevitable.
My colleagues go back and forth often with a very casual approach.
I, on the other hand, constantly fought to keep the excited kid tucked neatly inside, for fear that one might see that I’m really just a big, easily delighted child, pretending to belong in a grown up world.
My itinerary was Zurich to Shanghai, on to Busan, South Korea, back to Shanghai to then return to Zurich. The experience did not disappoint; it stretched beyond my expectations on so many levels. I was so pleasantly surprised on so many occasions, letting go of many preconceived notions I had built through ignorance over time.
We were there for eating, I mean meetings. Darn it. It was for the meetings, I swear.
But oh the eating…
It is no exaggeration to say that there is more of me returning from this trip. Things are considerably more snug. I now understand the impressive dedication my colleagues who travel the most, commit to a routine of daily fitness. It is survival. My 7 minute bike commute isn’t going to cut it.
There were meetings, many. With lovely and clever colleagues I rarely get to see. Seeing their world has forged stronger relationships. Their generosity in hosting us foreigners was humbling. I blame them for my ill fitting pants. They treated us to the very best their culture has to offer. It was amazing.
The trip spanned two weekends which gave us time to explore and discover. And wow, did we ever. That’s what I’ll share here, the delights of our moments to explore. And the food…
The skyline view.
The monks sharing a song.
Just in case you are doubting that this was actually a work trip, I’ll throw in a few final shots to prove it.
Stay tuned for the second installment of my adventures in Asia. I’ll cover Korea in the next post. But jet-lag is a bitch and I need to go to bed…