As much as I'm truly a free spirit and love almost everything about traveling including the nomad life It's a strange feeling not knowing when I'll be back in Shanghai. Needless to say: My home the past 3 years has a big place in my heart!
There's a lot about Shanghai I don't miss but blogging about pollution & traffic is not as fun as the sunny side. So even though November traditionally is a quite dull month I remember my past Novembers in Shanghai as having quite a few beautiful late-autumn days... So, here's 5 things I'd do if I was in Shanghai this November
1. Sunday Session At Yongkang Lu
Have a last sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon session on Yongkang with some of my favorite people in Shanghai before winter is coming and warm sake and glühwein inside is more appropriate
2. Outdoor Yoga Session
As a healthy counter-initiative to no. 1 I'd organize a weekend yoga session in the tranquil Okura Park and give a free beginner's lesson to anyone interested
3. Movie & Popcorn (or Popcorn & Movie)
Go to the movies in IAPM mall or Xintiandi - the 2 only places I for sure know they have salty popcorn (and hold on: I found salty Dutch liquirice in IAPM Mall's City Super last month).
4. Moganshan Get-Away
Jump on the train to Deqing and enjoy a get-away to my favorite weekend spot: Moganshan. Last November we had the most beautiful weekend surrounded by "Autumn". Find more trip advice here if you want to go to Moganshan.
5. Soups & Soup Noodles
As it actually gets colder and darker in Shanghai I tend to get so excited for soup season! Besides making our own soups I absolute love Pier 39's amazing San Fransisco clam chowder. Oh and authentic Chinese soup noodles / Lanzhou la mian / 兰州拉面 with lots of veggies, chili & vinegar just gets better when weather gets colder!
...And Back To My Current Indo Reality
Off to find some Nasi Goreng fried veggie rice or my favorite Gado-Gado veggies with peanut sauce here in Bali. Definitely too hot for soup noodles... And I'm seriously considering going Chinese and buying myself a "sun umbrella" - getting way more tanned than good for my Scandi skin #something #which would #never #happen #in #Shanghai
Sunny, snowy, hot or cold, do enjoy November in your part of the world <3