#1- There really is a ton of smog (my boogers are black, I checked, kind of like the climbing gyms that have the tire padding)
#2-The weather forecasters are just as bad here as in the US
#3-Out of Peru, Ecuador, and Jordan, the driving is most like the US in China. There is a law against honking and on Monday they just instituted a law against jaywalking (the fine is 10 yuan which is $1.60 and needs to be paid on the spot). There are a lot of small laws here and some are followed, others are not. I think it is directly proportional to the presence of police officers. I have been very surprised at the lack of police officers in general. I would say that there are a comparable number to the amount in DC with slightly more traffic officers.
#4-There has not been one time when I haven’t felt safe
#5-Bicycles are all the rage. I almost staked out the tri tandem in the previous post wanting to offer the owner $50 and taking it on the plane. No one knows how to properly adjust a seat. No one knows what grease is. The vast majority of the bikes are single speed, but I haven’t seen a fixie yet. A full service flat repair costs you about $0.40.
Overall we have been traveling at a leisurely pace and our style of traveling has been a little atypical for me. Our meals have ranged from $7.5 (for four people) to $80 (including a $40 bottles of wine). I am going to do a food picture dump now and probably another one at the end of the trip.