I've been in China for over two months now, and the blog is starting to get a little dusty. Anyways, I figured I'd write quickly about how weird the streets are here. It seems like every day I see something unusual... though "unusual" has quickly become "my neighbourhood".
I can't take photos of everything on my street or it would be a little weird, but things like people spitting, children going to the bathroom on the street, dogs without leashes, cats tied to trees, scooters driving the wrong way up one-way streets, and really questionable fashion choices are all normal now. The things that annoy me the most are probably people spitting and dogs without leashes, because both can directly affect me. Thankfully I haven't been spit on yet, but I have been barked at and chased by annoying, ill-trained little dogs.
I found this bus really funny. Nothing about it looked "European Style" or standards... or I just have higher standards for Europe!
Cars parked on the sidewalk are pretty normal here, and no one seems to be able to tell me why. I've seen traffic police put little pieces of paper on them that I assume are tickets. I've also seen people paying those traffic police money... who knows if it's legit or not?
This is one of many tiny random shops in my neighbourhood. I took the photo walking so the owner couldn't tell I was photographing her shop. There are a couple of hair salons and massage parlours (some questionable ones) on my street as well.
At this point I think it's safe to say that I'm "living in China" for the time being. My life here is so different from my life back in the United States and the person I am here is also quite different. I can't say which version of myself I like better yet. China-Natalie is definitely a lot more risk-taking and willing to go on adventures, which seems like a good thing! We'll see where this all leads me in the end I suppose.