changshou lu. i exited the steepest metro staircase. that’s where i first met dom. she escorted me back to her apartment behind the metro stop. i
stubbornly inconveniently forgot my umbrella. i detest lulling it around everywhere. but the rain has barely ceased in over a month so i am the obvious fool. luckily, dom let me duck underneath hers as we made it up to their apartment. along the way, i mentioned how i liked the bike on their floor. she let me know that it was actually theirs and kept it upstairs for safe-keeping. shanghai is relatively safe, however, bikes do disappear.
lin greeted us at the door. curiously sneaking up behind her was juno – a domestic rescue cat. like many rescues, juno, didn’t know if she could trust me to say hello. i understood her uncertainty – a stranger inside of her home. a home that she entrusted to be safe and loving. i immediately got the impression that lin and dom were just that – loving. they graciously offered me water, coffee, tea. i was immediately smittened by hospitality.
they give me a brief tour and breakdown of their routine.
juno sits here.
lin sits there.
and dom sits across.
dom, playing her music.
lin, cooking in the kitchen.
juno, climbing the dressers.
soon i start taking snaps as i learn more about these two brits.
they met years ago at a social event back in the u.k. and have been together ever since. they moved to shanghai a few years ago for professional reasons. lin’s job takes her all around asia and periodically back to london. dom works in marketing although i swiftly learn that her passion is music. i ask her to play the drums for me. lin offers to make me a cup of coffee which i accept.
once relaxing on the couch, they share their passion of animal rescue. they are a part of a shanghia-based animal rescue group consisting of expats and locals who share the common desire to help and find homes for the injured, sick, homeless, etc animals of the city. and believe me, there are a lot of them. sweet little calico juno was one of those rescues.
| | i truly believe that people who stand up for the safety, welfare and justice of children and/or animals are the kindest of souls. | |
my only regret was not having more available time to accept their offer for dinner. i so enjoyed hearing about their desire to travel, to make music, to save animals, to cook all sorts of ethnic foods, to laugh together, and how you made your house a home in china.