Spring Is In The Air

It was a lovely 22 degrees today and we have for the past week been slowly shedding our winter woolies and soaking up the sunshine. Crisp air and lovely blue skies make for good times to be had in Shanghai.

Spring blossoms at the park

Spring blossoms at the park

I attended an Indian Block Print workshop run by a good friend of mine today. GA has been living in Shanghai these past 4 years with her family and is a wealth of knowledge about Indian art, history (both Chinese and Indian) and life in general. I love hanging out with her and always learn something new each time... I'm like a sponge!

Top left and clockwise: our classroom, my drawing of my block design, my carved block and finally we printed on a cushion cover also using professionally crafted blocks from India.

Top left and clockwise: our classroom, my drawing of my block design, my carved block and finally we printed on a cushion cover also using professionally crafted blocks from India.

Talking about learning, it's always worthwhile learning something new whether it be a language, craft or interesting facts about a foreign culture. After 10 years in China, I'm still learning about the country and its citizens. Did you know that the average number of annual leave days for an employee (in a city) is 8 days per year? 5 years ago, money was the way to attract good people, whereas today, progressive companies are offering up to 20 annual leave days, which employees are valuing much more.

We have already seen so much change and progress since our first arrival in China but coming back this year has revealed even more. It's still fascinating to be here.