In Beijing.. again
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 5:09:12 PM
L ife here is nice though very different than the life in Oslo!
We live in a really nice apartment from "China World Apartments".. twice as big as my apartment in Oslo and one of the few places where we could get a reasonable internet connection included in the price. The office is just 2 blocks away but we have to cross some big road and going to work is everyday a new adventure. Neither pedestrians or cars care about semaphores so we have to almost cross the streets running!
The city is very poluted.. as bad as I have never seen before! Somedays can be quite nice and the government has promised some fixed amount of blue sky days. We have seen only extreme days.. either very poluted and hard to breath or blue beautiful sky with clouds..
I have not had such a shock as last time but, still some things are pretty weird. I am still not ready to eat very spicy food (that an average Norwegian would consider mild), not able to understand the chinese tones and not prepared to try all the weird fried animals in a wooden stick (frog legs, scorpions, worms...).
My favourite food here is the sweet and sour. We have a cheap restaurant behind the apartment where we get the best sweet and sour pork in town, rice bowl, cooked vegetables, more meat, enough beer for both and tea for just 40 RMB (5US). We also get quite good food in the office, lots of weird mixes of chopped meat and sauce and even salads and fruits... we eat all of it with chopsticks! (The sweet corn was specially hard to pick up).
Lets see what the weekend brings.. maybe I am able to get a good shot of Walter eating anything weird, maybe I go for a 50 RMB massage, maybe we go again to the chinese wall or maybe we need to get work done and we just stay here...