What? Huh? Are you kidding me?


It is another beautiful day in GZ. The sun managed to shine through the high clouds (might be a little smog mixed in), there is no humidity, a gentle breeze, and so many things are blooming. I decided to walk to the river to read a bit and listen to birds instead of pounding, drilling, hammering, and noisy dump trucks.

There is a huge stone bench on the river walkway that is underneath a Bougainvillea arbor. It’s beautiful and one of my favorite places to sit and think, read, or watch the world go by. It’s probably about 20 feet in length so when a  nice-looking man pulled up on his bicycle I wasn’t concerned that he was going to invade my space. He sat a respectable distance away and pulled out his newspaper. He also pulled out a pack of cigarettes but that was OK as I was upwind from him. He sat, smoked, and read his paper for about 20 minutes. I sensed him gathering his things so when he passed in front of me on his bike I looked up and smiled.

Punchline: He had donned a white, cloth breathing mask.

5PM – 79°


About vikarenously

I am an ex-pat living in Guangzhou, China. I am married to the man of my dreams who has indulged my love of travel by working hard enough to snag two international assignments. Oh yes, I also have two amazing children who accompanied us on our first one to Switzerland and are now mature and responsible adults which makes it so easy for us to experience this adventure as empty-nesters. Experience it vicariously with Karen.

2 responses »

  1. That is funny! I am glad it is warm with you, Muir got back to Beijing to discover it was the official end of winter so the heat was turned off. It was 14C in the apartment, wooly jumpers for a couple of weeks!

    • The whole heating thing is mind boggling. I can’t imagine living in GZ w/o heat let alone anyone north of here!! We had our heat on quite a bit this winter (more than I thought we would) and every time I thought about those that don’t even have the option because of a government decree. Nuts!

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