Whistle While You Talk
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I gotta say... it ain't easy to get around here. Unless you happen to speak
Mandarin, that is.
Taxi drivers do not speak any English, and neither do most of the hotel & subway workers that I have met so far. Of course, why should they? This is
Example: I tried to buy a subway ticket to Qianmen station. Easy enough, right? Well, it took two people to translate that to the ticket person, who then started loudly CUSSING at me! It seemed she was VERY ANGRY with me.
While I was on the subway yesterday, I smelled something rather foul. I looked at the woman next to me, and thought to myself why she had such poor hygiene. Poor and can't afford a shower? I thought. She looked at me and gave me a bit of a look, as well. After she left, I smelled the odor again. Then it dawned on me. It wasn't the woman who smelled bad - it was ME! Actually, it was my sandals. They literally REEKED of sweat from the jungles of
Okay, this is gross.... but on my next subway trip, the guy next to me started vomiting. I am not wearing my sandals today, so it wasn't my fault - really! Now I am sure that this was very unusual, but it is certainly a unique memory of the
PS: I don't make this stuff up. It really happened.
is hard for me to believe that I am actually walking in
I am reluctant to speak freely about the protests that happened here (and the bloody aftermath), because I know for a fact that Internet communications are heavily censored here in
The Square Today
But my biggest threat when walking
Well, then, how about a watch with
Growing infuriated, I finally started ignoring people or - worse - snapping at them. One woman - the 10th to approach me in as many minutes - said "excuse me Mr..." and I snapped at her - "NO!"
Then I looked at her sad face and saw that she was holding a camera. She simply wanted me to take her picture. I felt SO BAD! So of course I took her photo and she took mine. It is one of the better pics taken of me that day. That should teach me a lesson!