First Impressions of Shanghai: Appreciating the Little Things

Feb 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Shanghai_spring2016_From_Daniel_Thompson.jpgDaniel Thompson is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A sociology major at Lebanon Valley College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Daniel shares his first impressions of Shanghai and some of the little moments from the first week abroad that have made his experience memorable so far.


A WORLD THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND NEAT! Lights that make the city glow when you feel so far away from home, people that make you smile even when you are lost in a maze. A JOURNEY THAT IS JUST BEGINNING.

Ni hao to all who are reading this.


Today, I met friends from all around the globe: Russia, Japan, Italy, Australia, and all over South America. We played cards and compared music, which led to laughter and a crazy cab/compact metro ride to the Bund!

Afterwards, we ate at a wonderful historical Chinese restaurant which was breathtaking. I loved the Wonton Soup and Fried potato rolls.


While walking back towards the campus of East Shanghai Normal University, a little boy came up to me and started to touch my skin. I started to play peek-a-boo and he ran away. His parents tapped me on the shoulder and said, “He has never seen a black person in real life.”

I didn’t take it as if they were racist or anything. At that moment I realized how much of an honor it was. I knew that I wasn’t the only one in a new world. They asked me to take a picture with them and I wish I could have captured one as well.

Moments like these are memories that will stay in my heart forever.

Thanks Daniel!

Daniel's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned. 

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Topics: Shanghai, China, Official Bloggers and Vloggers