I now know what the forcast of "sand" feels like.
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
91Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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So my friend rescued me. She had reason to go and get some foreign goods, so she took me down to the street that has some stores that sell foreign foods. I didn't need anything, but I was happy for the walk. However, I finally got to experience the "sand" forecast in its full glory. Pretty much you could wipe your face and wipe off layers of dirt. Sand was permeating my hair and every pore. It felt like my eye balls were getting sanded from the amount of schmutz that was in there. Several sleep later black stuff was still coming out of them. It was very, very gross.
While this seems to be as extreme as it gets, days like this appear to happen about once a week or so
Lucky for me, a professor at a law school here decided to add cycling to his range of sports. He went to the shop and laid down 1,000 for a bike that normally costs 750-800 in the US. He got a decent deal, too. In China, everything that's American is expensive. Well, not everything, but everything bike from America is expensive. I believe this to be simply because of the shipping. However, the Chinese brands could go ahead and just sell their stuff cheaper, however, they don't. Giant sells their bikes for the same price as Trek and Specialized do even their bikes don't come back from US distributors. Anyway, getting off my tangent...
The guy went to school in the US. Pretty sure it was law (duh) and ended up staying in the US for a while longer and took a job with CACI in Washington DC. He was surpsied and very slightly offended that I knew of CACI by the spoken word (sounds like khaki) rather than C-A-C-I. Apperantly the company themselves finds this offensive. When he asked how I knew about it I told him that I pay attention to protestors.
I find him interesting for quite a few reasons
The other Chinese guy that bikes I actually just found out he biked earlier this week. He is a friend of a friend and his job is hooking foreigners up with schools. One interview that we went to we decided to go by bike. He has a pretty cool Chinese touring bike (similar in function to a western tourer, but you can tell the culture is very different by the component selection
Speaking of which, it's my annual spring bike sale! Seems to have become a yearly tradition. Zhengzhou is already quite a success and I haven't even needed to make my phone number public. So far I've sold my waterproof panniers (bike bags), 2 cycling jerseys, and a bike. And I've got my set of wheels and the trainer lined up with a buyer, but not yet sold. Pretty much the only thing I'll have left to sell that I want to is my handlebar bag and my bike lock. So here's to hoping that gets done.
So anyway, here are a bunch of