I know that a lot of you only read Facebook, so I’m going to try something new. I’ve got a plugin that will take my posts from here and put them onto Facebook automatically. We’ll see if it works.
Scooters here a called “little mules”. They’re about 50% of the vehicles on the road (if not more). The vast majority of them are electric (as mine is), and the cost anywhere from a half a month’s salary to a full month’s salary (or more) for the average factory worker.
I’ve been here three years now, and finally decided that I had enough money saved up that I could afford to get the one I wanted. And I’m glad I waited. This “Vespa-style” design is something new, and has become quite popular. Previously, most of them have been either e-bikes (a bicycle with an electric motor built onto it) or have had a more “pointy” style–like a skinny snowmobile.
This style has very smooth curves and a classic look to it. It’s much more my style. And… they had it in what I like to call “Dragonfly Red”–the deep, rich red that I like to use for my websites and other designs.
I have a bicycle, but I think I’ve ridden it 3 times in the past 4 months. It’s just too hot and humid to be riding a bicycle–especially to work. When I get there, I’d be soaked in sweat. With the scooter, I have the freedom to get around without waiting for a bus (which stop running at 6:30pm!) or paying for a taxi. Freedom!
And, of course, this being China, the very first thing everybody says is “How much?”
 On a funny side note: I have a Colombian teacher staying here for a couple days, and I said “I have a shao mao lu”… then wondered how to say that in Spanish. After about 2 seconds, it came to me: Burrito!
Today is part of a three-day weekend. I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to explore new cities and visit friends. Today I hopped a bus to Suzhou (苏州). I did something I haven’t done in a while… intentionally get lost. Sometimes the best thing to do in a new city is to just pick a direction and start walking. Then take whichever turns look iinteresting. That’s what I did today. I have no idea where I was, but it was definitely interesting. I’ll post more pics when I get home.