As I stop and reflect on our time here in China I think of all the sites we have seen and things we have learned. This week each morning our day begins with a walk to either the University or TCM ( traditional Chinese medicine hospital). I notice as I walk around our surroundings are starting to look vaguely familiar. We encounter many bicycle riders, people on mopeds, cars and a few motorcycles. Many people have on masks that are decorated with pretty flowers and multiple different colors. I have decided my favorite color mask is pink and Krisitn has a beautiful one that is pale in color. It is quite noisey with everyone either honking their horns or honking on there bicycles. We have become accustomed to no longer be startled by the beeps but rather move over without the anxiety we once felt. I now realize these beeps are not one of anger or frustration but merely to say “I’m behind you, move over”. I also have decided the best way to cross the street is to wait for the green walk person on the traffic light and wedge yourself inbetween the mortorcycles because this seems to be the safest place to position yourself when crossing the street. Unlike the U.S. I think the cars have the right of way, not the pedestrian, even in the walkway. The traffic is congested here and if I were to live here I am convinced the best way to travel is to walk or buy a moped because they seem to make better time than sitting in traffic.
On the sidewalks you will encounter many different vendors selling a variety of things. There are people with fruit stands, juices, newspapers, children’s toys, and what I believe to be people with long strands of what appeared to have come from and old potato sack and they looks as if they are making brooms. My favorite of all is this elderly man we pass each time who has three bowls with water in them . One is filled with four baby gold fish ( yes, I count them every day) and my favorite of all is the other two buckets. One has baby turtles while the other has large ones. This gentleman is here every morning and I am not sure how much money he makes but he he appears happy with this business of his. I can’t help to think in the U.S. Selling turtles, little gold fish and other items such as drinks and toys would probably not be rewarding to most.
So in closing I would like to remind us all to stop, slow down and smell the roses. Enjoy the beauty and surroundings. Don’t discount the small things in life and take time to enjoy what you truly love, appreciate what you have.
Thank you for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much I did writing this.