Walk with me to Class (in Jiamusi, China)
We are fortunate, to be spending some time in Jiamusi, in the North East of China.
Walking where we need to be, is one of the gifts of being here.
Walk with me to class and let me show you what I see.
( click on a picture to hear my thoughts)
Walk with me to class, as I leave our building I notice these ‘houses’, used by government officials.
I turn left, to walk past cars & bicycles.
‘The Corner Shop’, run by a family, a few metres from our home. It is the grocery cupboard of our neighbourhood.
‘Maddi’s Play Park’, the one she believes I ‘bought’ for her. How you see things, changes everything.
‘The Red Carpet Shop’, another business run by another family. At this one I meet no children.
‘Our Little Market’, where Zuko gets the most scrumptious fresh produce for dinner.
I turn right onto Chang An Lu. 4 lanes in both directions, plus two lanes dedicated to bicycles.
Crossing Chang An Lu, where factories fetch Directors and laborours with luxury busses.
A short walk along Chang An Lu, I pass Tea Shops and a Russian Shop, which hasn’t opened up yet.
I turn left into this tree-lined side street. I see live Chickens for sale and am greeted by my favorite Jiamusian.
Our Muslim Bakery. Perfect bread, kneeded with great care.
Take a turn right onto BaoWei Lu. Across the street are fruit sellers. In summer.
The Nut Shop, where we get those Wall Nuts drizled with honey.
We walk down BaoWei Lu, past Jiamusi’s communications building.
Past our favorite HotPot Restaurant. You’ve got to try HotPot.
And then we’re there. Not even 20 minutes. The place where I’ll have class for the 1st part of the morning.
We live, for but a moment.
We pass so many, each of us always scurrying along to make it through another day.
Without noticing each other.
Just to eat another meal.
Or to sleep another night.
For me, there is beauty to be seen, as I slow down to notice.