Foggy Architecture // Autumn in Shanghai

Luck had it that the Scandinavian airline, SAS, celebrated “70 years in the air” back in 2016 – just as we wanted to travel somewhere. With a weekend deal of 70 % discount (points only), we figured out that we all of a sudden could afford to travel all the way to Shanghai! Tickets were bought after some hectic hours for 48000 points (down from 160K for two people, Premium Eco cabin!).

My better half did not look forward to the ~11-12 hours in the air… but was pleasantly surprised when she figured out we weren’t crammed in the back of the plane 🙌

“The Bund” offers a great view of the skyscrapers of Lujiazui. (Click image for larger size)

Although it was midway through November it was pleasant outside, so we had a few nightly strolls, walking the dog, ehrm, I mean camera. If anything could be said about Shanghai’s architecture, it’s futuristic at least:

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Next morning the plan was to do some classic sightseeing; but from our room at way-too-high-a-floor for comfort, I wondered what all these umbrellas in the park were. We had to move in closer.

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The spectacle turned out to be parents advertising for (what a great catch) their children are; they had made posters stating anything from academic grades- to athletic achievements. Not seen that before for sure.

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Next stop, the Bund. We were not alone here.

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…but given some time, and a bit of luck, you can get the space needed for a photograph!

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With all this time spent photographing buildings, it only made sense to visit the museum for city planning which had a decent miniature version of Shanghai.

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The perhaps most well-known tower here is the Oriental Pearl Tower, maybe because of its odd shape. Getting up and about is the essence of metropole travel, so no skipping this one.

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The Jin Mao Tower (right) and Shanghai World Financial Center:

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Ah yes, we had to return here during nighttime to witness the sci-fi, futuristic neon-light-heaven it for sure is.

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Before we left, I really wanted to try the magnetic levitation train. As it turned out, it only goes to-and-from the airport, so it made good sense hop on the last day! Glad I had my wide-angle lens ready. The station is massive!

I think we were the only ones riding it that afternoon 😎

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Ten thousand feet above Mongolia; the sunset kept following us the entire way back to Copenhagen, a magnificent experience!

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Bathing in the Great Wilderness

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University was over, early summer upon us, and a road trip north seemed mighty intriguing. What better time to
 freeze for an entire week in the beautiful Upper Peninsula?

To be fair, the trip was not my idea but came from my new homies Sverre and Martin whom I met at Michigan State University (MSU).

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Mackinac Bridge as seen from UP

The first part of the trip went to Tahquamenon Falls, past Mackinaw City and over Mackinac Bridge that separates Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

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We set up camp and hiked upstream to find the legendary, yet unpronounceable falls:

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From here, the road trip went onwards to Munising and Pictured Rocks situated next to Lake Superior. Simply stunning with its dark pastel tone palette, mirrored in the crisp cold freshwater.

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We walked barefoot East along the waterside from Mosquito Beach, after crossing Mosquito River… cold… and slippery. The caves at the end were well worth it!

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The rock here is quite special: it resembles the butter dough that goes into a croissant – tons of razor-thin layers – except the butter is petrified sand that crumbles easily if applying medium pressure. Here are three images at various distances:

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After a couple of days of camping, and a moment of unknown influence where I decided to check out how cold the waters of Lake Superior really were (with my entire body) we got back on the road. Yes, images exist. No, they will never reach this blog.

Next stop: Marquette, the westernmost city we got to visit. Due to its location next to Lake Superior, the fog can set in very quickly. We heard stories of people disappearing… so we decided to stay on land – or molo (breakwater), while enjoying the thick mist. Here at Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater Light looking towards Lsi Dock:

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We found back to land – now floating in the mist as a conjured mirage

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Some days later, at Kitch-iti-kipi:

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My memory is sadly failing me, even with the help of Google Maps. Safe to say we camped by a lake… (it might have been Big Knob State Forest Campground ?!)

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Upper Peninsula has a bad reputation for its nasty black flies. Luckily for us, the cold weather had delayed the “hatching season” to accommodate our travel plans. However, everything didn’t go as planned; on the last day they hatched. My freaking God if they hatched. We had to run away from an old farm after waking up a dark-looking cloud, taken straight out of LOST.

Anyway, let me leave you with a peaceful and quiet moment of Lake Michigan.

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