Maura And Public Vehicles, Or How To Survive Shanghai Taxi And Hong Kong Minibus

My dearest  friends, today I want to tell you a bit about how to take a taxi in Shanghai. It will be a short and concise post, a memo to give you a warning: do not take the taxi in Shanghai. Never. Never. Never. And if you do not believe me now, I’ll give you a list of the reasons that lead me to give you this advice: Chinese taxis are dirty, really deeply dirty. 2. Taxi drivers speak only Chinese, so you have to go to the concierge of the hotel, tell where you want to go in English, let them write it down in Chinese on a ticket and hand it over to the taxi driver. 3. The

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 1

Often at lunch I eat out. Sometimes with friends after yoga classes, sometimes alone between giving a massage,  performing Pancafit for a client or going to the market. In Hong Kong, but in fact in all Asia, there are plenty of restaurants with a lunch menu, which always includes a main course and two or three side dishes. Imagine a tray divided in spaces, like the Japanese Bento. It can be found with Japanese dishes, Chinese, but also Western food; I find it a wonderful option if you do not want to stray each time like piglets or you do not like the sad fast sandwich eaten in five minutes, maybe even standing. Usually, besides the two or four-person tables,

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Italy: Falling Stars

“In Italy there is a tradition celebrated every year on August 10th  called the “Saint Lawrence Night”. Legend has it  during this period of the month there’s a strong shooting stars activity (Perseids), and everybody during these summer nights looks up to the sky waiting to see one falling. If you are so lucky to see one star falling, you can express a desire that could be realized.”   “Today is Saint Lawrence night,” I say with a sigh looking at the sky. “Mom who is Lawrence?” “Saint Lawrence. He is a Saint, no one remembers why he is holy. We all remember him just for the falling stars.” “Mom, I do not understand what it means to be Holy, what

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Maura and The Do-It-Yourself

Today I build a bed. I go to Ikea with Emma, walk around the bedroom area and after evaluating the various models by pros and cons, stability, size and color of the structure, we choose a wonderful MALM. White single bed that is always fashionable, high headboard really comfortable for young readers, two beautiful drawers for keeping all the “secrets” which I promise to never open. After the bed section, Emma dives on all the mattresses in the furniture exhibition. She bounces, stretches out, tries to get to the side and then to her favorite sleep position, belly down with the butt up. I never understood how she can sleep like this. In the end, the choice falls on a

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