I rode my bike today around town by myself. The air was surprisingly clear, quite possibly due to the fact it rained this morning before I woke up. It's cool out, Baoding's first sign autumn is on its way, even though they celebrated Mid-Autumn Day last weekend.
I hoped riding around would ease my mind a bit. Stuff is stirring in my head and I wanted to kindly tell it to shut up as I pushed the pedals diligently down the street. I listened to the entire 10,000 Hz Legend album by Air while I rode, watching locals who either strolled nearby or across the way.
It's hard to distinguish the difference in stores and restaurants unless you can read Chinese characters. So I had to be doubly careful that I knew where I was going, otherwise I ran a huge risk of getting lost. I don't have a very good sense of direction so as soon as I let myself go I could have wound up in Korea. I met some Koreans today over lunch, they were fabulous. They said Kim, Slova and I reminded them of a TV show, the way we interacted with one another. Anytime I'm around Kim and Slova I'm very likely to choke on something from laughing so hard. Whenever Slova says, "That's what SHE said" it's too much sometimes, he emphasizes the 'she' in a high-pitched la la la sound.
Riding around, I saw the first cop I've noticed in Baoding. You don't see much of them around here. Last night after having a beer with Kim, Alex and Yusi, I rode home alone and didn't feel the slightest bit weird or intimidated. It was nice.
I'm going to go find myself something to do. The walls are caving in.