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1) Window cleaning / Health & Safety. Whilst walking tonight, we pass a massive apartment block - approx 40 stories high, and there is a guy cleaning the windowns, nothing weird about that I hear you say..... no, but he was on a rope with a seat, kind of abseiling up & down without any safety harness just feeding the rope through with a bloke at the bottom feeding the rope as well - not sure if you'll get the full effect from the photos but OMG!!!!! Mental!
2) Cars - it's the norm to just abandon them anywhere, park on pavements, in the cycle lane, not just up against the kerb in the cycle lane, but a taxi distance away from the kerb
3) Not having a car. Is actually bliss....... no expensive fuel to buy, or inconvenience queing up for petrol (it's never a good time is it). No worrying about the tax running out, the MOT being due, shopping around for a new insurance quote, things going wrong (I speak for myself & not Andy's car!), sitting in traffic queues on the motorway arriving at work late and in a bad mood (Rob, if you're reading, do you still do the 'I f-ing hate Wednesdays' thing??!!). So we are loving not having a car and arriving at work after a pleasant short walk.
4) Pavements - count for nothing either. You get beeped at by motobikes, rickshaws, delivery vehicles. People are just as bad, wander along thinking they own the pavement & won't move out of the way, often looking down at a phone, or listening to music. The general thing is 'if I'm not looking and I don't see you I don't have to move'!!! Yes we'll chunter away to ourselves, such as 'oh don't worry, I'll move' but there is never any agression that goes with it, everyone is just going about their business.
5) Lifts, similar thing really, I will get in the lift first, I will stand right by the buttons so that no-one else can press them, and I will press the close door button whilst people are still getting in
6) Subway (Andy is still calling it the tube!). See above - Lifts.....!
7) Silly little dogs (continued!) they are everywhere, and apparantley our compound is where the rich men house their mistresses, so they spend the day grooming & walking their silly little dogs then get all glammed up & picked up by their rich man outside in a posh car in the evening. Oh, and cats, not enough of them around - maybe they're all in the stir fry's......... Andy is still allergic to them, so I think we'd know if we'd eaten one...
8) Rude girl - our local supermarket Jenny Lou's, most of the staff are very friendly & helpful and smiley, one girl has a big stand off with Andy whenever we go in there!! The grunts at him, never smiles, never talks back, and never shows us the price of the final bill, amazing how such exchanges can happen when neither can speak each others language!!
9) Annoying people (other than the ones already mentioned!!) = foreigners...... yes we're having a little rant about the locals, but the majority are very friendly, and smile big time when you greet them, or make a fuss of their children. The people we do get annoyed with when out & about sometimes are other foreigners.... dare I say often Americans, very loud, very brash and very rude to the locals. I am of course stereotyping (I can, I don't work for the Police any more ;)
9) Opening times. Nothing seems to close
10) Taxi drivers - see last blog. And ask Andy, he tried out his new found Chinese skill on a driver who refused to take us which didn't go down too well & created quite an audience. Tracy also joined in shouting like a fishwife 'Andrew, get over here now'!!!!!
11) Scooters - sooooo cool, we want one. See photo & you'll understand!
12) Being social - we'll walk out of an evening, and people will be sat around outside their compounds just chatting, or playing cards, or majhong, or eating on street corner stalls, all very social, and not stuck at home watching tv. The kids are all playing outside too and having fun, you very rarely hear Chinese kids screaming or having tantrums, when you do hear screams it's a foreign child! The one child policy means that the kids are little princes & princesses, and always seem so happy - even the one's who are very poor.
Many ex-pats talk about their 'I hate China' days, and we can understand, although we're still quite fresh despite the seemingly ranty blog, but it's more funny observations really
The Perry's, in a reflective mood - enjoying a cold beer with an amazing pizza from the takeway which has just opened on the corner of our street :)