To mark my 101st post, here's something a little different for you...
Things I've seen today...
1. One large dead rat...
2. Walk up dental clinics, right beside welding shops and next door to tea houses.
3. Instead of "one way" streets, there are every way streets. You can go whatever direction you want, create what ever lane you want and go as fast as you want.
4. Honking and flashing headlights here mean - "Look out, I'm coming your way." One beep means I'm passing on the right. Two beeps means I'm passing on the left. Or is it the other way around??
5. You can get a haircut for about 90 cents. You have to pay based on how much they cut off. A wash, cut and style is about $3. Not sure how much dentists charge... Don't want to know.
6. There are crosswalks complete with people who blow whistles and point flags if you try to cross against the lights. The locals move 10 feet from the crosswalk and proceed at will.
7. The "walk in clinic" thrives here. There must be about 10 within a 4 block radius. It could be that there is a connection between pedestrians crossing will and the number of clinics.
8. When crossing the street, just walk out into traffic, they will drive around you. Never change speed or run suddenly, you'll get hit...
9. We met a guy in the elevator with 2 10 gallon cans of gasoline... (I am NOT making this up!!)
10. There's an animated Santa playing the sax down in the hotel lobby. He's not bad actually!
Things I wish I'd seen in the past 24 hours....
1. Starbucks... We've been to a couple of different places for coffee. The names are interesting... "Scripture Coffee", UBC Coffeehouse, EverLove Coffee
2. You can't buy deodorant here. Apparently the "musky" smell that comes from going without in a subtropical climate is very sexy... Someone "borrowed" the fresh stick I bought before I came. Fortunately, I had a travel one as well.
3. An English language anything... I'm looking at the daily paper that is delivered to our room for free. I'm not sure why they bother.
4. A waitress that could speak english. Coffee in Chinese is "caffay". When we ask for "coffee" we get a blank look. We've only been here for 36 hours and to the same place 5 times so you'd think someone would begin to get it.
5. A Canadian Flag...
6. Most of all .... Barb, Britt, Zack, Tyler and Zoe.
That's all for now! Wish you were here!