A Trip to Almost Paris

I have a confession. I have been a terrible blogger.

Disappearing for months without a word – shock horror. If I ever go missing again and you miss me a little (I think too highly of myself), do check out my Instagram for some art, design and fashion pictures I spot around the place.

So where have I been for the last couple of months?

  1. My roles and responsibilities at work got bumped up so its been an interesting yet crazy ride.
  2. I got invited to be on the Board of Directors for Stepping Stones, an NGO helping disadvantaged children in Shanghai.
  3. Had a family quest to visit our ancestral hometown in search of our extended family, with the only clue being our grandfather’s name (but more on that later – we made it onto the news).
  4. And last but not least, we closed our Refuture crowdfunding campaign successfully…a platform with the vision to make sustainability mainstream. Let’s say yay!

That is my last couple of months in a nutshell.

To kick off some blogging momentum, this post will be a personal one – a “wtf moment” in China for me. It happens less and less these days, but when you come across them they seem to render you speechless. This moment came during our trip to a place that we’ll affectionately name “Almost Paris”.

Together with a bunch of my French friends, we had a mini adventure and took the train to Hangzhou to find ourselves in “Almost Paris”. It wasn’t just a small area – there was a whole town full of parks, hiking trails, villas, lakes, sculptures, apartments, cathedrals, and last but not least…the Eiffel Tower. If you don’t believe me, here it is.

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There were also plenty of brides.

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Stares and photos from locals were seen all around and we added some authenticity to the city with our baguettes, wine and cheese. Creepy. Nonetheless, a thoroughly enjoyable day with sunshine and grass. Who would’ve thought I’d miss grass this much?

Signing off – you’ll be hearing from me soon.

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