A long, long time ago, in a continent far, far away, there was a guy named Jonathan who had a blog about a five week adventure in Asia. Then, after 52 posts, it was gone…
Well, after much pondering, I have decided to bring back the blog for a short time. As some of you may know, I am currently visiting my lovely wife in Florence, Italy. As I tour the sites of the city and get a bit of a feel for what it is like to be a local Italian, I am getting some ideas for blog ramblings on my thoughts. If you care to read them, great. If not, more for me!
I shall be writing my first item of the day in a few hours, after I attempt to recover from some jet lag.
In our last adventure, I spoke of our departure from Beijing and our arrival at Shanghai. I also spoke of the skyline of Shanghai at night, which was quite a site to see. Now I write of our departure from Shanghai, and the amazing adventure that leads to my blogging this entry…..from 35,000 feet.
NOTE: This entry was originally written on September 8th, 2011.
They are both in the country of China and are only separated by about 600 miles. However, Beijing and Shanghai each have their own identity. Their similarities and differences are worth investigating in more detail.
Last time I spoke of our initial arrival into Shanghai from smog-filled Beijing, as well as my visits to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. Fortunately Shanghai is a cleaner and more modern city. It has a particularly appealing look after dark, when the lights come on.
The Tienanmen Square Massacre is known to most of the world as a bloody standoff between the Chinese military and a peaceful protest to mourn the death of a moderate Chinese leader. Most of the world, that is except for China.
NOTE: My original article on this was so heavy that I deleted it and started over. It was just as well, since I beat a dead horse on my opinion that communism is bad.
I would not normally write a post this short and sweet, but this simply could not wait.
Tonight after the final performance of Bluebeard’s Castle in Shanghai, Daveda and I went to the Sky Dome Bar on the 47th floor of the Radisson Hotel so we could have a few drinks and look out at the Shanghai skyline.
Well, there was an epic performance by a *bad* Filipino keyboard band headlined by Ron Perlman himself in Beauty and the Beast attire. We enjoyed their wonder Engrish versions of various tunes, but the highlight of the evening is what prompted this post. At one point they played “Brow Hole Grrr”, or what we would refer to in America as Brown Eyed Girl.
You simple have not lived until you have heard a terrible Filipino keyboard band play Brown Eyed Girl on the 47th floor of a skycraper in downtown Shanghai, China.