It occurred to me today that 2 days had gone by without a post (Nate and I are clearly bad at double checking if the other has posted as we’ve overlapped twice now!). So I thought I’d write up a quick one about the 10 things I love about living in China!
1. People burst into song whenever and where ever they feel like it! No joke, they do, and it always puts a smile on my face when it happens.
2. The open markets. Such fresh, lovely food (never mind that it may be highly contaminated it LOOKS beautiful)
3. The uncanny ability of the Chinese to stack anything and everything into a mile high pile onto a single bicycle.
4. The scenery. At least here in Ya’An the mountains look like they’ve stepped right out of an ancient Chinese landscape.
5. The weird assortment of different flavored EVERYTHING. From jean condoms to blueberry oreos and other flavors that just can’t be explained. I love traveling to new places to see how and what affects their taste palettes
6. The pandas. Well, duh, you guys knew this one would be on the list.
7. Everyone in China treats oranges like candy. They eat them constantly and are surprised if you turn one down.
8. Antibiotics are essentially free. Yeah I know, as a biologist I should NOT be happy about making super bugs and increasing antibiotic resistance but I’ve got to say, it’s nice to get such cheap and convenient drugs.
9. Even the men are allowed to fawn over babies. Yep, I’ve seen many a man get all gushy over Dee and want to hold her as well. It seems like in America these types of reactions are reserved for females.
10. How very friendly everyone is here. We’ve said it over and over but China must be one of the friendliest countries we’ve visited. The people are always so willing to go out of their way for us (or give Dee suckers). It never fails that when I’m eating dinner somewhere the resident mother will come out to whisk Dee away to play so that I can eat.