Here are some unexpected things about China:
It is really clean! We’re talking about the most populated country in the world, but none of these people are littering. A small army of sweepers are constantly about looking to obliterate the smallest infraction of trash. Also, there’s hardly any graffiti (I don’t miss the litter but a city without street art is kind of sad.)
The middle aged and senior citizens are limber and downright hot. We have video of sexy seniors dancing in the park but since the internet censors have a lockdown on my computer I can’t upload video and (and am having a lot of trouble blogging too).
Our hotel in Beijing is comfy and clean. There’s just this one small thing….
The bathroom is enclosed in glass. HOB and I have been shouting a lot of orders at each other like “Face the other direction and DO NOT TURN AROUND until I say so.”
Before we came to China I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find public bathrooms. I was wrong—they’re everywhere and mostly clean. The issue is—-well maybe the picture can speak for itself—privacy. Some bathrooms have no doors. Some bathrooms have no partition at all so you’re just squatting along with your neighbor all out in the open.
Another funny thing is the dogs, which often seem to be walking themselves, without leashes, in heavy traffic. The two pups above were just leashed to each other, seemingly without a person involved.
The subway is extremely crowded, but orderly. Riding the train at rush hour is like being a toothpick in one of those toothpick containers, but where all the toothpicks are staring at cell phones.
I’m not homesick, but I miss my personal space. While waiting in line at the train station a woman pressed her whole body up against me and I wanted to yell at her. I guess that’s part of traveling too—renegotiating what privacy means (and learning to poop in a glass toilet.)