Some things just never seem to change. One of them is the next stop on my Europe trip which is also one of my previous homes back when I was a student at Regent's College in Good Old London.
Being back here among the famous London sights as well as visiting my old neighborhood, my local study cafe and my favorite vegan restaurant really made me realize how little "my London" has changed in the last decade. It's pretty fascinating because when I think about it it seems like "my Shanghai" changes every day.
Shanghai and it's urban landscape has changed rapidly over the last 20 years and is still continuously changing every single day. When living in Shanghai I feel and see the changes on both a small and a larger scale. On the larger scale I can follow the rapid rise of the Shanghai Tower which is expected to open to the public next year after just 6 years of construction. With it's 632m it will be the 2nd tallest building in the world. At least for a while.
On the smaller scale it literally means that on a Monday I live next to a shop selling socks in aaaall colors and shapes. Tuesday it's gone and builders are tearing bricks down. Wednesday they are building something new and by Thursday I'm being welcomed by a nice Hong Kong couple and offered a 15% neighbor discount at their brand new burger Restaurant.
Shanghai and China is developing with the speed of light. It is exciting and a bit worrying as it somehow seems out of control. Then again don't they say that everything is controlled in China? The daily level of pollution makes me doubt it but hopefully for the Chinese people (and for the rest of the planet) this will soon be under control to.
Worries aside for the present moment where it is so lovely to be back in good old London where the sky is blue even on a cloudy day and where every part of the city takes me down memory lane.