One of my favorite things is to sit in a hotel room drinking tea before I start my day. Because I’m never in a hotel unless I’m at a conference or doing some heavy sightseeing, these may well be the only relaxed moments I get. I’m doing that right now, in an astounding hotel room — courtesy the Literary Festival, pictures coming — drinking actually delicious tea, overlooking the Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai. I have a Festival lecture to attend soon, my own gig later and a dinner date, but right now, I’m watching the river and about to write this week’s haiku. In the meantime, because I seem to have good internet access (spotty in China) I thought you’d enjoy these. They’re all taken from my room. If you’re seeing this on Facebook, by the way, it’s because a friend is posting for me. Facebook’s still blocked in China.
shadow of my hotel on construction site
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