Welcome to Monday - First Snow of 2007!
Update: these photos were lost.
I woke up today to the first snow of 2007. While it’s not a nice thick dry snow (it’s actually thin and wet and the roads are gross), it was a nice sight, nonetheless. But then I remembered “SHIT! I’ve got to get a taxi!!!” Good thing that I’m getting in the habit of waking up earlier (7:20 as opposed to ~8 - which means I can get out of the door by 8 instead of 8:30 whcih gives me an hour to get to work - for the just in case moments we all love…) Waiting for a taxi wasn’t too bad - 20 minutes or so - and it was a “hei che”, not a proper taxi (i.e. unofficial car-for-hire - hei means black, che means car.) Normally if I take a taxi, it costs ~30 RMB to get to the office (depending on traffic). The “hei che” normally charges 40 RMB. The driver this morning charged me 35 RMB - I think he was a reletively new “hei che” driver as he probably should have charged even more due to the snow… Oh well.
As China is getting in the yule-time spiri, Christmas Trees, like the one pictured above, are popping up around town. This one is in front of my office. Sorry for the out of focusness (hmm, that’s not a word…). Also, the flash on my camera was unintentionally on, so it gave a neat (I think so) effect reflecting off the falling snow.