I’d like to apologize for being MIA on the blog lately. For the past two weeks we were in China and they censor the hell out of the internet. No Facebook, WordPress, YouTube, or anything social media related. Freedom of speech isn’t quite their thang there, haha. Not to mention, it took forever just to pull up my e-mail because everything you want to look at on the internet there has to go through some Chinese government authority. Needless to say, the Shanghai recap I had planned to post once we got to Hong Kong didn’t happen. And to be honest, we were so busy traveling from one place to another, I didn’t even have time or want to blog. Now we’re back and I’m ready to fill you guys in and get caught up in the latest news.
I can honestly say that I have never been more happy to be on American soil. Don’t get me wrong, we had a fabulous trip, but towards the end we were both more than ready to come home. I’ll obviously do more recaps of the places we visited, but let me tell you, I’m glad we knocked out so many sites in China because I never want to go back, haha.
Key Reasons the US ROCKS!
Freedom of Speech= Censored internet- read above. No gathering in public places.
Nice (er) people= There is no such thing as manners there. You hold the door for one person, and you might as well write “door holder” on your forehead because no one is going to hold it for you. You’re waiting in line for the subway… doesn’t matter, they’ll cut right in front of you to pile on the next train. Everyone we came across in a work environment seemed to hate their life.
Non-Smoking Laws= 1 in 3.5 people smoke there. Seriously. Ok, that’s not a real statistic, but I bet it’s true. You can still smoke in restaurants there. We learned to not only ask for a non-smoking room at hotels, but a non-smoking floor if they had it. The smoke would creep into our room. We are both highly sensitive to smoke, so we had a hard time with this culture shock. You seriously can’t escape it.
Clean Air= The air pollution was HORRIBLE. Both Todd and I got sick during the China portion of our trip and I think it’s mainly because of the air. The day we left, the air quality was 225, which is in the “very unhealthy.” For example, NY was in the 97 today, which is moderate. You can look places up HERE, but it’s mostly Asian countries. It’s a good thing we left when we did… look at what it was today!
Quality Sewage System= I think it’s no secret that they use minimal paper products there and often times, you had to bring your own toilet paper if you didn’t want to drip dry. When you did use TP, you were supposed to throw it in a waste basket beside the toilet, not flush it. Hotel restrooms were fine with flushing, but the smell in the bathroom, regardless of flushing, was always of sewage. We literally gagged every time we had to go in there, haha.
Napkins= If you look up the definition of napkin on a Chinese Wikipedia (which wouldn’t exist) it would read: tissue. They are so thin that really do nothing. We began hoarding them from Subway when we grabbed lunch there.
Spitting= Hawking a loogie and spitting it on the ground while walking in the middle of the side walk is totally normal there. It’s so gross and a guy almost spit on my shoe once.
Driving= Utter chaos. Scooters, bikes and cars all trying to compete for space on the road. Switching lanes all willy nilly, using their horns more than you’d think is possible. I got sick to my stomach on every taxi ride we took.
OK. So this makes it seem like I had a horrible time, and I’m not gonna lie, I was ready to come home a week early, but knowing the Great Wall was the last thing on our list in China helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to catch you guys up (and get caught up) with everything that’s gone on! I must admit, I’ve missed my little space of the internet 🙂