We spent most of September 16 traveling from Tokyo to our hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia (BB Angkor Residence). We flew China Eastern Airlines with a short layover in Shanghai Pu Dong airport.
This was Dale's first time back in Shanghai since we moved from Shanghai to Minnesota late in 2013. Being back in China was a sort of homecoming: everything felt very familiar!
While living in China from 2011 to 2013, Dale learned to focus on the positive aspects of the culture and ignore the negatives. As a result, when he reminisces about his time in China, he has almost exclusively happy memories. Sitting in the Tokyo Narita airport with mostly Chinese nationals reminded him that nothing is all sunshine and roses...ah, the nose picking.
The first person he saw waiting at the gate was openly, casually and methodically mining what must have been a massive booger out of his right nostril. I had forgotten that picking your nose in China isn't the social taboo it is in the US.