In my latest installment of Sentiments of a Recovering Expat, I dug out this postcard from Shanghai’s Peace Hotel. The photo is faint both on screen and to the touch. I wonder if the Peace Hotel printed them this way to give off an old world feel.
Or maybe they didn’t have a high-tech printer back in the 1990s.
I swiped the postcard from the Peace Hotel in 1995, but didn’t send it to my grandma until the following year. I wrote it in Hubei province, but somehow didn’t get a chance to mail it until I’d returned to Hong Kong the following week.
In the postcard, I wrote:
I’m in China visiting my in-laws this week. My youngest sister-in-law is getting married tomorrow, so we are all getting ready for that. The weather is not so cold that I’m uncomfortable, but it still takes getting used to not having heat indoors and having the windows open all day and night! After I go back to Hong Kong next week, my dad will arrive shortly after. I’ll write again soon!
If only I’d been staying somewhere like the Peace Hotel!