Music China in Shanghai

The next day we loaded ourselves into the trade show and got down to business

For four days we played all-killer-no-filler sets on our little corner stage, about 5 a day.  Short and sweet and often.  As soon as the really loud electric guitar soloist (whom we nicknamed “Snake Boy”) was finished we would fire up.  It was incredible to watch the crowd grow around us.  When Daniel soloed on a flamenco bit the ring of men with cameras grew thick.  Then we would do something with crazy voices or animal sounds to catapult the language barrier  and pull people in.  Sometimes if there were children we would get them involved, singing “Twinkle ,Twinkle” in Mandarin and letting them strum my uke for “Little Birdie”.

“I’ve a short time for to be here, and a long time to be gone..”

Guest artist joining us on stage

So many picuture and videos were taken- if ou have any to share PLEASE send them!

We kept ourselves well hydrated, had great lunches…

Bratwurst in China? Danke, Xie xie!

and enjoyed the wild atmosphere which is a trade show.

Yamaha’s booth babes getting their game on

At the end of the first day Stephanie, Daniel and I walked back to the hotel.  The city was alive with commuters and the sunset from the elevated pedestrian bridge where we stopped to buy a kite was irresistable.

and then we got lost.  After trying to get directions we hailed a cab.  We were only about 5 miles off! Famished we descended on an amazing meal at a small local place.  The menu was incredible, and we ate to bursting for about 12 bucks.

You know you want it!

More about food tomorrow! Mmmmmmm!!!!!

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Shanghai!

As I didn’t realize it until I returned I will share this with you right now: Shanghai is the LARGEST CITY IN THE WORLD with 24 mil residents! Wow.

What an amazing trip!  Stephanie Turkal, Louis Wu, Daniel Ward and I had the time of our lives every minute, even enjoying the marathon flight.  Our layover in Seoul was made more than tolerable by the gorgeous new airport boasting such ameneties as free showers, massage chairs and cultural museums, as well as activities. There were more high-end international leather goods shops then I knew existed!

Stephanie strides through Seoul past Louis V

I got to do an art project, tamp-printing the Korean “alphabet”

The ABCs of Korea

Even the restrooms were swank.  If anyone knows what this is, please let me know!

something you want to ring or want to avoid?

We made it to Shanghai and immediatly set off on a 4 hour walk.

The Great Wall of Flowers, the Bund, Shanghai

I loved the street markets, where the menu was laid out before your eyes.

Doesn’t get any fresher

One of my favorite street foods were the roasted chestnuts, which we all enjoyed as we walked and walked…Take a look on youtube- the streets were vibrant!

We were so worn out that we didn’t even think of taking pictures of the gorgeous organic gourmet meal we ate.  We went bak to the hotel and collapsed, exhausted.

The next day we got up bright and early for the trade show….