It is 8:45 am and I just got to talk to my mother on the phone. She is in a convalescence home as she broke her leg the same day I left for China. She sounded in good spirits but was complaining about how the therapy sessions were very painful. I am sitting on the front steps of my apartment. There are 4 levels of steps with about 8-10 steps each. One thing you will notice about China is all the steps have a ramp down the middle of them. This baffled me for the longest time until one day I saw a lady walking up the ramp with her bike. I said, “Oh that is what the ramp is for.” Sometimes I would find myself walking up the ramp just for fun, ha!
One thing I have mentioned before is they have a lot of green spaces that are overgrown. In some of the areas they plant some type of garden plant. I have noticed that these are watered daily. One area I am looking now has 3-4 foot tall grass and it has not been cut this summer. That could make a nice garden if groomed a little. That might be determined by squatter’s rights.
There are also a few stray cats around and one of them is meowing me now. Meowwwww… I see them digging in the garbage all the time. Disposing of trash can be strange here. They have this small stainless steel trash receptacle like you would see outside and the residents just throw their trash in small plastic bags beside the can. I can see 3 bags by one right now. I have seen a man pick these up daily and he also sweeps the stairs and ramp. There is a long two-tiered ramp here so motorbikes can be parked at a higher level than the road and closer to the apartments. I think the Chinese when they first built a building they were very concerned about aesthetics. There are some beautiful lamp posts here also, but it seems that gets overlooked later.