Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If I'd Dug That Hole

Smoggy view from my hotel room. 5:00pm
 You know the one. The one that comes out on the other side of the world in China. Well, I didn't dig. I took a 15 hour plane ride instead, but I'm here. I'm exhausted and weary. The sights from the taxi were intriguing, but it was already getting dark by the time I arrived at my hotel at 5:40pm.

The most astounding thing so far is the smog. I'd heard about it and read about it, but couldn't believe it. I'd just seen the sun from the airplane window. Now it was gone. The other jets at the terminal seemed distant through the haze. It's yellowish-peachy-gray. You can almost taste it when you walk outside. My taxi driver cracked the window and my chest felt tight after the 30 minute ride. I actually tried to take a picture of the air. But you'll probably just think it's hazy. I guess that's true, to a degree, nut this is
more than "haze."

Hopefully tomorrow I can share more. But I can't break through the hotel's firewall to load pictures. I'll keep trying.


  1. Mmm, censorship is going to tough to get past there. You can always add pictures later, or do a picture post when you get back.

    (Or, can you email pics to someone in the States and ask them to help you?)

    Can't wait to read more about China!

  2. Yes, lots of censorship. When I log on at the hotel, it tells me I cannot access foreign websites. I am typing all these blogs on my iPhone as I wander the streets. Not easy!!