Part of my ongoing “say it in bicycles” series.
Took this shot through the car window with my iPhone 6 whilst entering a roundabout in Weinstadt.
Although I don’t know his history, I’m fairly certain he won’t jump.
Or, as I also like to call it… “All Day. Every Day.”
I’m the foley artist in this video. Finally putting some of my military training to work with trying to keep in step. Biggest success was not running into him.
He knows the names of things in both English and Mandarin. I mostly speak English to him, Shanshan is about half and half, and Lao Lao and Lao Ye mostly use Mandarin.
The video was taken with the back camera of my iPhone 6, and processed with Movie Maker.
Taken with my iPhone five days ago, on what was a beautiful blue-sky day.
Today, unfortunately, is not such a day. The aqi at the US Embassy is at 429 as I write this (the scale tops-out at 500), and I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets worse over the evening. (One note… the reading at the US Embassy is from just one site in a city with a municipality that is larger in area than Rhode Island… it is great as an indicator, and for historical comparisons, but shouldn’t be used as the definitive guide to Beijing’s air quality.)
During the winter months, steam is produced at plants throughout the city, and then piped to distribution centers, before going into dwellings. Unfortunately, these plants are coal-fired… and I don’t mean the “clean burning” type, either.
In addition, there are (usually poorer) households/communities that don’t get steam, and rely on heat by directly burning coal.
During these grey days, I do as most other Beijing people do: limited outside activity, wear a mask when outside, keep the windows and doors shut tight when at home, and look forward to the next big wind.
That said, I don’t dwell on it. It has been part of life during my eight years here, and is certainly not overshadowed by other things that I think make Beijing a wonderful place to live.
Photographed in front of some restaurants (including Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut branches) across the street from my apartment complex. I took the shot with my iPhone 4, and then spent a fair amount of time developing it with Lightroom (tight cropping, increase of contrast and clarity, decrease of vibrance and saturation, and spot removal).