My good friend Gil, a fashion designer living and working in New York received an amazing opportunity to relocate to Shanghai six months ago. Here, he shares some of his experiences acclimating to and experiencing the local food.
I hope that you find this glimpse into the food world of Shanghai to be both interesting and alluring. Foreign food can sometimes seem very intimidating, but as Gil and many other expats living abroad will tell you, you cannot experience a country without its food.
street meat in Shanghai. Photo courtesy of Gil Palacios
So Gil, what were you doing in New York before you moved to Shanghai?
I was working as a fashion designer with a small couture house in NYC
How did you get the opportunity to move to Shanghai?
An old Chinese colleague of mine had an amazing contact with the owners of a fashion company in China. He made the introduction and I was invited to come visit the factories in Shanghai. I was offered a position with this company in January 2011, and decided to take a leap of faith and relocate to Shanghai.
I recently interviewed my friend Annie about her past trip to Bali, Vanuatu and Fiji. In the following interview, you can hear all about her trip and learn what she does to prepare for visiting a new country.
An American Girl in Transit: So Annie, tell me a little about your past trip! Where did you go exactly?
Annie: I went to Bali, Fiji and Vanuatu.
AAGIT: Wow! Why did you choose these places specifically?
Annie: My husband Sam had to go to Australia for work and he wanted to take a vacation there before his work actually started. However, I realized that it would be winter in Australia during July so it wouldn’t make sense to go then. Normally I prefer to travel to more undeveloped countries anyways so we decided to see what else was nearby. We first looked at Fiji, but then everyone kept telling us that Bali has so much more to see. Although Bali can get pretty touristy, I decided that it was still worth going to since they have such a thriving culture. Once we settled on Bali and I kept researching the area, I found Vanuatu, an island that has an active volcano, nice beaches and a huge local culture. So we decided to do Bali, Vanuatu and then end the trip by relaxing on a beach in Fiji.
If you have an interesting travel story, just completed a round the world trip or know some great local spots in an exotic place, please let me know! I would love to interview you and add your story right here!