Day: 2012-04-25

Sleeping Cabbie

I’m not one to take pictures of people sleeping. I find that most folks doing so are trying to ridicule or find humor in posting such photos. That’s certainly not what I’m about. Folks here in Beijing have different norms regarding sleeping/napping than in the US (just as with Spain, Mexico, and other countries). It isn’t uncommon here to see folks napping after lunch, sometimes doing at their cubicles. (I used to take a nap at work more regularly when I had an office, but I’m just too light a sleeper to do so at my cubicle, which is right next to a walkway.)

Tradespeople, such as cabbies and san lun che drivers, often take naps during the day. From what little I know about cabbies from talking with them, they work extremely long hours and live in not-the-best accommodations, often far away from the city center.

The weather was wonderful today… blue skies, a few white clouds, and fantastic air quality. I was on a long walk when I passed by this cabbie taking a nap in the back of his cab. I really liked that he felt comfortable enough in this big city to leave the cab door open and leave his shoes on the street next to him.