Daniel 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 talks about a street food vendor he will never forget and a visit to the China Art Museum.
Every morning, I wake up and go on my morning run. I usually get a piece of fruit afterwards. The fresh fruit sold on the street corners in Shanghai is tasty and refreshing.
When I leave China in a few weeks to go back home, the thing I am going to miss the most is my friend who cooks late night street food outside of ECNU. We have built a relationship and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday she has a plate of fried rice and noodles saved for me at 10pm.
On Friday, I told her I was leaving to go back home and tears began to roll down her face. She gave me a big hug and told me to never forget Mama Chef. It's moments and relationships like these that I have built that will make it hard for me to say goodbye. Mama Chef told me is this is her little restaurant that she started eleven years ago. I will always remember the smile she gave me every time I saw her.
A CHINA ART MUSEUM VISIT
On Saturday, the CAPA crew and I went to visit the China Art Museum. Going to museums and admiring art is one of my favorite things to do.
There were many amazing paintings and sculptures from around the world that captured my attention. The two that stood out to me were the 3D screen of ancient Kaifeng before it was modernized and a weird sculpture of a man's head on the wall. I loved the way the head reflected onto the wall from the sculpture. It had a wise and old characteristic to it. It kind of reminded me of the idea that there is always someone or something from up high watching over you.
Daniel's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.