Well, that’s it. Ten weeks just sort of flew by, didn’t they? This is my last chapter of Solemn Globetrotter here at Shanghai Squared. I’d like to thank Stephen Wright for inviting me to contribute this column, and all of you that have enjoyed reading it. If you still haven’t had enough and would like […]
Hi folks! No, you’re not mistaken, there was definitely not an installment of Solemn Globetrotter last week. I probably should have told you this before, but as per my contract with Shanghai Squared I am allowed one day off from work each month. During which I’m allowed to step out of my cage, breathe some […]
If you’ve been paying attention (and I certainly don’t expect you to; feel free to just look at the pictures and go straight back to browsing LOLcats), you’ll notice that I tend to talk a lot of trash about India. And if I’ve sounded a bit captious or even sanctimonious at times, you’re correct in […]
A very telling moment occurred on Facebook a few weeks back. A friend of mine traveling in India had updated their status as “first stressful moment in this country, two weeks in”. Now normally, when someone we know says that they’re having a stressful vacation, we might ask for more details about what the reasons […]
Oh, India. I’m hard pressed to think of a country in the world that has so many ideas and fantasies projected onto it by potential travelers. Whether it be walking beautiful streets filled with colorful fabrics and the sweet smell of saffron in the air, taking a boat trip down the Ganges at sunset, riding a […]
Two cities divided by one continent – for the first of our Shanghai vs. series, Shanghai steps into the ring with Turkey’s cultural and historic capital, Istanbul. First twinned in 1989, these sister cities are the economic powerhouses of their respective countries. But how does life in these urban metropolises compare for those on the ground? Nichali Ciaccio steps into the ring to defend Istanbul’s reputation as we compare and contrast it with Stephen Wright’s Shanghai.