Leaving Shanghai

Pretty typical neon in Shanghai
Pretty typically large video displays (20 stories)
the five of us at the dinner theatre.

My final day in Shanghai was incedible.  Jeff and I both did four presentations yesterday, two at each of the two campuses, which are a little more than an hour apart at NASCAR speeds, on roads where lanes are merely a suggestion.  I did sessions on Web 2.0 and Podcasting, and Jeff did some hands-on sessions.

Last night David and Kim Gran, art teachers from New York, took me out for dinner with M (do not remember her name) and Yeu (sp) here husband, both from Japan.  The restaurant was actually a dinner theatre of sorts, where a fire-breathing dragon of a dancer came and amazed us all with his traditional moves.  The music was fantastic, but the most interesting part was that his mask kept changing, magically.  He would swip a fan across it, and he would have a new mask with new colors and designs.  I am convinced, now, that it was some trick of nano-technology.

It is impossible to spend a week in a place like Shanghai and not leave with regrets.  For instance, if I stayed only one more day, I could have witnessed the Chinese New Year.  The fireworks I’ve seen so far point to a magnificent display, matching the enormous energy of this city.  But I’d really like to have seen Jeff Utecht present.  Shanghai American School is going to be a real interesting place, and if I’ve done my job, then Jeff, and the other tech folks are going to be busy.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.