Here is but a small selection of what goes on in the streets in our neighborhood:
You can get a hair cut or some alterations made to your clothing:
You can have your bicycle or scooter repaired or a chicken or duck plucked:
You can have a medical consultation or dry your clothes:
You can prepare vegetables or play a serious game of cards.
In the morning you can watch youtiao being made (pastry which is cut into strips, 2 strips are then pushed together before deep fried)
…which you then dip into warm soy milk. This is what we (the kids!) tried for breakfast on our way to school this week.
And then following a very heavy rain storm you can either choose to wait for the water to subside or simply take off your shoes and walk through the ankle-deep water….
…which is what he had to do in order to reach our front door one afternoon this week!
‘Shanghighs’: Antoine riding a pedal bicycle by himself.
‘Shanglows’: Antoine falling off bicycle….by himself!
‘Shangunusuals’: Despite such a very *full week I’m feeling a bit ‘blah’. Might be exhaustion (mainly psychological).
*We met and had play dates with some neighbors who live 109 steps away – according to my daughter – (Lizzie and kids from the UK and then Sandrine and kids from France), I had a 3-hour job interview and subsequently received an offer for part-time employment (speech therapy)…. which I’m comparing to another potential job offer (wellness related) which came out of the ‘Ask A Health Coach’ gathering the other day ……, I finally began Chinese lessons, I tried my first batch of water kefir using the grains offered to me by a Sth African expat, I successfully completed a test for my nutrition studies, I finally got an MRI done of my knee which has been painful for far too long and hindering my ability to exercise (no diagnosis yet), and then I actually met-up with a number of people who – until this week – I’d only communicated with via the internet….all very nice and interesting.