East Meets West
East Meets West

So there I was – sitting in the Hongqiao Airport waiting for my flight to Nanchang. It was my first full day in China and I was drinking it all in – the sights, the sounds, the smells.

As I glanced around the room I noticed a red metal box in the corner with Chinese characters and some numbers. I had no clue about the characters, but I could read the numbers: 119.

And then it hit me and I had to laugh. In the USA we dial 911 for fire. In China it is the opposite!119

I have used this anecdote numerous times since then. It has been more than ten years since that first day. And every day I spend in China is still an adventure.

On the Bund in Shanghai
On the Bund in Shanghai

The moral is we are all very different and all very much alike.


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