Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A blog post! How novel!

I’m writing from the US, land of free speech. Just as I finally got the whole vpn situation under control so I could post again, China upped the ante.

24 hours of bliss--vpn on my iPad.

24 hours of bliss–vpn on my iPad.

Then, just like that, all vpn protocols, except “open web” were blocked. That meant no more vpn on the iPad and no posting to WordPress which requires “open vpn” to work properly. Astrill, our vpn provider, says it is working on a solution which they hoped to have finished by last weekend. But somehow this seems to have become a cat and mouse game and I don’t have high hopes that it will be a permanent solution. As the two articles from the NY Times say, this is the most control over the internet that has been seen to date.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/reform-and-the-internet-with-chinese-characteristics/

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/adding-more-bricks-to-the-great-firewall-of-china/

In fact, when we first came to China, I could use WordPress without a vpn!

So, I will try to post at least this once before heading back to censorship central.

Ben requested pictures of Christmas decorations in Shanghai, so that’s what you’re going to get today!

I was surprised to see Christmas poinsettias in the street flower boxes in October.

I was surprised to see Christmas poinsettias in the street flower boxes in October.

A ski chalet was set up at Shanghai Center to sell Christmas cookies. The location in the picture back drop was unidentifiable.

A ski chalet was set up at Shanghai Center to sell Christmas cookies. The location in the picture back drop was unidentifiable.

The Ritz Carlton gave out roasted chestnuts on the weekends. They were yummy.

The Ritz Carlton gave out roasted chestnuts on the weekends. They were yummy.

 

Meanwhile, the Japanese maples in the Shanghai Centre garden were just then turning red.

Meanwhile, the Japanese maples in the Shanghai Centre garden were just turning red in December.

The marquee on the front of the building had this cute advertisement on it

The marquee on the front of the building had this cute champagne advertisement on it.

In the US, the traditional Christmas colors are red and green, but in Shanghai the favored colors this year were pink and purple.

A tree at one of the malls.

The tree at the Sheraton–it actually had a star!

Our mall down the street won the award for most spectacular light display.

Our mall down the street won the award for most spectacular light display.

The interior was also spectacularly purple.

The interior was also spectacularly purple.

Mark managed to get one close up of the bells before he was told to stop taking pictures. Perhaps they're worried about big purple bell knock-offs.

Mark managed to get one close up of the bells before he was told to stop taking pictures. Perhaps they were worried about big purple bell knock-offs.

The purple extravaganza at the mall in the opposite direction.

The purple extravaganza at the mall in the opposite direction.

Not sure what this display and the next one have to do with Christmas.

Not sure what this display and the next one have to do with Christmas.

The Rocket Ship of Christmas!

The Rocket Ship of Christmas!

Nanjing Xi Lu has been decorated with fancy lights since mid-Autumn festival.

Nanjing Xi Lu has been decorated with fancy lights since mid-Autumn festival in October.
A more traditional tree at the hotel where we go for afternoon tea.

A more traditional tree at the hotel where we go for afternoon tea.

Posing with Santa

Posing with Santa

Last year Plaza 66 won the award for ugliest Christmas tree. This year they get the award for most amusing.

Last year Plaza 66 won the award for ugliest Christmas tree. This year they get the award for most amusing.

On another note, here’s Mark’s retirement gift from the Corning China group.

Cufflinks with Corning written in Chinese.

Cufflinks with Corning written in Chinese.

Instead of a Christmas tree at the elevators, they made fancy Christmas flower arrangements:

Elevator Flowers

Elevator Flowers

Mark will be going to Denver in the next few days and Meredith and I will be going back to Shanghai on the 4th. All my guys are spread out over 3 time zones now 😦

It’s just going to be the girls in China for awhile–time zone number 4!

The world clock app on my iPhone is going to be my most used app!

Wishing you all a very happy 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About DECRYPTKNIT: knitter on the loose in Shanghai

Hi, I'm Marisa Newhouse, a former pharmacist (for a brief time during the Reagan administration) who's real calling was probably anything that has to do with cooking, plants, literature and especially knitting; hence my last and favorite job, working at Woolyminded, a wonderful yarn store. But now, I have moved half a world away to Shanghai where my husband will be working. Lots of people are interested in what we will be doing here and I have always kept journals of our travels, so I thought I'd do it the modern way and keep a blog.
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One Response to Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  1. Linda Mahoney says:

    Happy New Year to you too! Thanks again for sending these posts – they keep me smiling!

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