I just finished the book written by Ben Rhoads entitled "The world as it is - A memoir of the Obama White House" For a young man, it must be a thrill of his life to have served the Obama administration for eight years. I can not imagine all the struggles Obama had to sort through not only strive to be true to his conscience but to shrewdly balance the power play pressed upon him by his opponents. What Rhoads pointed out was that the "reality" to different people at different part of the world at different time are so different. And he still believes in the truth of life as he experienced, and a world as it ought to be.
Me being a very simple individual, I have tried to respect and protect my conscience. I have tried to be honest to myself and to the reality I see and understand. The challenge between Huilang and me rooted in how different the way we perceived "reality". Most of the time we stayed in Songjiang, which used to be the government center in ancient times before Shanghai was even known to the world. Huilang could not walk fast or far, and does not have much interest to visit various new places. So a lot of times I end up hang out in the local Starbuck in order to surf on the Internet. A few places we went were nearby. As I am not interested in previous life and reincarnation, some conversation ended with me falling asleep. Below are some pictures I took during the visit.
The Starbuck where I spent a lot of time alone:
Song Jiang has a lot of old stuff. Most of these places I ended up exploring on my own.
I walked in the neighborhood of Huilang's apartment every morning, always before she got up.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
I probably walked 25,000 steps today to cover the various gardens and museums in Porto on my own. The chance for my coming back to Porto is likely very slim for this life. I tried to absorb every moment.