My heart fills with compassion for this woman I don’t even know. At different points in our lives we have all gone through trials and tribulations. I wonder what her’s could have been. What’s her story? If only I spoke the language.
This photo stirs compassion and gratitude in my heart. It is also out of focus a bit. Photo taken in Hangzhou, China.
I love to travel, explore, & experience new things and places. However, there are times such as today, when I miss the solitude of space. The smell of a fresh mowed lawn, a camp fire, or even the sound of the obnoxious air boat that flies by. Today, I miss being able to jump in my car and go to the grocery store to purchase supplies. Instead, I must plan a 45 minute bus ride, a 15-20 minute subway ride, and a 20 minute walk to get to City Shop. A long trip to get some sour cream, cottage cheese, & salami. Enough of my self pity party!
In China, the one thing you will discover is that you are always surrounded by people. The only way to get some solitude is to stay cooped up in your apartment. Even then, the smells and the constant constructions is a firm reminder that you’re not alone. Ha! There is just an overwhelming amount of people in this country. Today, I thought I would share a few snap shots I have taken of crowds. Most of these photo’s were taken on a weekend. But, weekday’s are no better as there is still lot’s of people everywhere.
Even in this blah mood I seem to be in, I must admit, I LOVE CHINA!
Subway, line 2 seems to be the busiest and always packed.
I was trying to get to the tea house.
In Yuan, I was making my way to the Silk Museum
Back alley’s, the only place to find SUPER bargains if you feel like digging.
E. Nanjing – Shopping brings us all out.
This lady was trying to get through with her scooter honking her little horn away.
In the older parts of Shanghai or the more touristy sections, you’r bound to hear horn’s blaring and smell the stinky tofu next. People are everywhere.
Over flow to the streets causing more horn honking.
Even the poor dog has had enough and is staying out of the way… ha ha
Why yes of course what else can it be but an ice cream burrito! This simple and scrumptious dessert was incredible and oh so yummy. The only thing I don’t know for sure is if the wrap was a phyllo roll out or something similar. I’m going to somehow try this one at home and I’ll take it a step further by adding a drizzling of chocolate to the center as well. Can you hear the chocolate angel’s now? ha ha.. Have you ever had a dessert such as this? Click through the photo’s for descriptions. Enjoy!
He starts out by shaving the peanut bar.
As he’s shaving the peanut its turning into a powder form.
The peanut powder collects in the center of his shaving tool.
The peanut shavings are dropped into what appears to be a phyllo wrap.
Three small scoops of ice cream in the center
The burrito is then carefully wrapped. Pretty genius to wrap the edges in so that the ice cream does not drip out.
Almost ready…. rolled…
How was it Tim?
Aye Dios, it seriously was delicious!
Re-blogged and a must read, this is a brilliant letter written to Mike Jeffries c/o Abercrombie & Fitch. Cheers to Jes
The Militant Baker.
According to China Highlights, Marco Polo called Hangzhou: “without doubt the finest and most splendid city the world.” It has also been chosen as one of China’s National Parks. Our trip to Hangzhou was a quick one day trip specifically to visit West Lake. We loved the city! It was easy to get around and the lake was fantastic. We took a G train and arrived in roughly an hour. From the train station we took a local bus to the lake.
I don’t really have one specific place I would say was better than another as we really, really enjoyed the leisure pace of our trip. If you live in Shanghai or visiting, a trip to Hangzhou would be an enjoyable excursion. Enjoy the following photo’s!
Yongjing Bridge –
Inspirational Stele Pavilion
Pavilion area near the temple
Ferries to take you to Three Pools Mirroring The Moon
At Three Pools Mirroring The Moon – People were taking a break while waiting for the ferry
In costume for photo’s
This little girl was so adorable and very camera shy
Leifeng Pagoda – A view from our ferry
Artists in the park
This is an actual window facing the lake…
Restaurants are tucked here and there to one side of the lake. Very nice and peaceful.
Another great way to visit the lake is by renting bikes.
For what ever reason, every time I look at these photo’s I’m reminded of the story in the Bible Matthew 9:20-22. I’m not sure that there is any correlation between the story in my Bible and the Buddha‘s feet print. It’s strange though, that I would think of that story. I was not even planning on writing anything in other than the description but felt moved to share.
We all have our God to worship, whether that’s the image of our Lord Jesus Christ or the Buddha’s this culture so firmly believe in. As I looked at all the coins thrown into the feet impression of the Buddha, I wonder if every coin represents a prayer or a wish, dream, or a hope of something to be. I read that many will worship on their knees in this spot as well.
The following is the information found on the description plaque by the feet print.
It is said that the feet print left by the Buddhist ancestors before Nirvana for his disciples is the sacred site worshiped by Buddhists for thousands of years. The Buddha‘s feet worshiped at Lingshan’s Rostrum of Buddthew ah’s Feet are 1.2 meters long and 0.6 meter wide. The bottom of the feet is flatly full, with five toes on the same level. The Buddhist ancestors propagated Buddhism for fifty years in his life, traveling through.
I’ll be sharing a few more photo’s from our trip to Wuxi in the next couple of posts. The following is the description of the Mind Cleansing Pond as found on the yellow stand next to it.
Everybody’s soul is quiet and light in Buddhism Originally. Our Soul is changed by dust contamination in the world. People would like to remove dust and lead to the recovery of the pure natural soul. Let’s take trouble away through washing hands and make exhaustive change for our tired bodies and mind. Please step into the Lingshan Scenic Spot with fresh and relaxed status.
The English in the notice is a bit off, I believe it’s called lost in translation; however, the meaning is clear I think. I have found that in this country, as confusing as it can be at times, it’s so full of rich history. I love exploring!