There are moments, usually when we are out wandering the streets, that Thom and I look at each other, laugh and say, “Did you see that?” Here are some of those moments:
*Walking along Nanjing Road, a busy upscale shopping road, the man walking his pet monkey with a leash got a few stares including us. Just wish we could have gotten a picture but it happened so fast.
*Squat toilets…nuff said, right? BYOTP and LOTS of hand sanitizer. Definitely in public restrooms but even in some shopping malls.
*Poodle dressed in PJ’s. Not even kidding. Got picture proof!
*People snipping each other’s toe nails in public park…sorry but that’s just wrong.
*Concierge at Westin–“No, you cannot walk there. You must take taxi.” after we asked for walking directions to a park. Many do not think that Westerners should walk anywhere and, truthfully, Thom and I are usually the only “Western” ones out on the streets but please don’t tell me I can’t walk for miles because walk we shall!
*Cars on the highway and boats on the river with no lights…in the dark…crazy. Flashlights and duct tape anyone?
*Thom and I being photographed by tourists as an attraction because we are Lao wai’s (foreigners)
*Toddlers being held up by their mothers so they can relieve themselves into public trash cans-yep, saw more than one today.
*Crazy bike contraptions, whether pedal-power or motorized, to get everyone around. Will post pic!