Shanghai is unbelievably huge. It has 24 million residents and is the world's largest city by population. Let me give you a benchmark to compare that to - the largest city in the US is New York City with a population 8.5 million. New York is only number 27 on the list of the most populated cities in the world. China has four cities that are so large, the cities are each treated like a separate province. It's like if Los Angeles was a state all by itself rather than a city in the state of California. Shanghai is one of those cities, they are designated as municipalities.
I've driven through Chicago a lot and stopped to visit briefly in passing, but I've never really experienced Chicago as a destination. I did visit Chicago on a class trip in the 7th grade, but that's rather fuzzy in my memory. All I remember about that trip is that I went to the Shedd Aquarium, I went to Medieval Times (not actually in Chicago), and I ate at Godfather's Pizza (also not actually in Chicago). Another time, I went to Chicago to see the band Ember Swift play a concert at what turned out to be a campus pride week dance and arrived an hour early because I forgot about the time change. At some point, I visited the Art Institute because I remember standing in front of a massive seven foot long bastard sword in total amazement for quite some time. The video game concept of a 'type of two handed sword with execptionally high stats' now had a real life context to go wth it - 'huge blade designed for impaling a horse that I probably couldn't even lift with two hands.'
I will be travelling to China in a few months and it's time to start getting ready for the trip. I've been reading up on the places I will be visiting which is always exciting. I've been putting off a call to the doctor to discuss travel vaccines for a while and I'll get that eventually. But it's finally time to apply for a visa to enter the country. There are only 6 locations in the US where one can apply for a Chinese visa and it must be done in person. Fortunately, Chicago is one of them and it's within day trip range for me.
It's mid-August - that means the sunflowers are in bloom again at Pope Farm in Verona, WI. The blooms only last about a week or so, and this year it happened to coincide with a very busy week for me. My options for visiting the farm were very limited. So I made plans to visit in the morning to catch the rich golden sunrise light. Also, no one in their right mind would have a schedule conflict with a 5:15am appointment with a sunrise on a Sunday morning.
This is my dog Trio. He is a very unique creature. We often joke that he is not really a dog at all, and is instead a completely new species of creature and the only one of his kind - an io (Io is also his nickname). Trio moved in along with a roommate, and then when she left, he stayed.
Last weekend, I set up my mobile gallery at the Tallman Art Festival hosted by the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville, WI. I scaled down my shows this year, and it was only my second show. I had never been to this one before, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a pretty optimistic person though, so I was hopeful that it would be a good day.
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