I confess, my Nutella obsession isn’t exactly healthy. Nor is most of the Chinese food. Yes, there are lots of vegetables and meat full of protein, but I’d be a fool to believe that the oil dripping from the greens is good for my arteries. So, I’ve decided that a little exercise is probably a good idea. Having been unable to find a gym that seems like it won’t over-charge me for its services, I’ve been waiting for an appropriate time to don my running shoes and set out on a jog around Shanghai. The only problem (apart from my, ehm, laziness)? The weather. Finding a humid-free, non-sticky day has been mostly impossible. Until now. Tonight the air is semi-crisp and somewhat-cool and a light breeze is brushing through the trees. Poetic, no?

Armed with my camera, I set out to find the Bund for an evening run along the river. Did I find it? No, of course not. I got lost. But it was worth it. Instead of running directly towards the water, I (apparently) took a road that ran parallel to it. I passed an outdoor fresh food market with multicolored lights where they sell live chickens and fish still squirming in their pail. I ran through a park where a group of elderly men and women were doing their group evening exercises to Chinese music. I wriggled past open street restaurants, honking scooters, and men selling jeans on the side of the road. Eventually, I found my way back to my little apartment. Out of breath and with a side-stich that was about to floor me. Mission complete.


Comments: 4

  1. Monique 17 September, 2012 at 7:04 pm Reply

    wij zijn helemaal niet jaloers ofzo hoor……….

    • Renee 18 September, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply

      Kom maar snel op bezoek :D

  2. Sini 17 September, 2012 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Run my superwoman run!

    I got an apartment in Brussels. It is GOOORRRGEEEOUUUSS. Nice area with gorgeous houses (just past this really long big main street with THE poshest houses ever – so I can go on runs tooooo). And so I have my own flat in the attic of a lovely young family. I have my own kiiittccheeen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, like it’s HUGE. (No real oven, but I’ll survive). And thus, my love, you must come visit me and we can have more girly times in Brussels. I hope you get some time off for xmas/chinese new year, where you can visit Europe and nip over to mine from Holland. Anyway, my message must end now as Paul and I must rush to his parents’, as he graduates tomorrow.

    Mucho love. <3

    (Ps. Paul urges you to keep safe on your evening runs.)

    • Renee 18 September, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply

      Hehe thank you Sini love :D

      Wahh I’m so happy for you! Congrats on finding a lovely place to live! I’m going to come visit in my next break for sure! I don’t get any time off for Christmas, but definitely got a while for Chinese New Year (Feb.). Just need to sort out a multiple-entry visa… We need to skype soon so you can tell me all about your trip to Brussels and Paul’s graduation! Give him a kiss from me for worrying about my safety hehe.

      Big kisses to you too, as always <3

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