Running this month has been pleasant. It is definitely cooling off, and we are having to layer up more and more by the day, but still our runs are pleasant.
I’m so proud of Justin. He is getting really fit, and it now able to joke, laugh, and hold a conversation while running at a decent pace. Our fitness is improving every week.
A popular site in Dongying – Oil pumps.
We always joke about this river being a “poop creek” (because of the suspicious brown, smelly things floating in it), so we gag a little each time we see a local fisherman here! Are they really fishing here? Or the better question would be, are they eat the fish that they catch?
This is where poop creek meets Huanghe River. The river gets cleaner after this point. The neighbourhood gets a lot more attractive too.
Number one tip for running in Dongying: LOOK DOWN!!!
There is tons of construction, road works, open manholes and holes in the drains – None of them have warning signs, flags, or tape around them to deter people from getting too close. It blows our minds that these holes are open, even at night, when the streets are poorly lit.
The end of autumn.
A quiet spot to sit down, relax, read, or just take a nap.
Justin runs pretty fast. He is almost always slightly ahead of me.
He’s got the speed, and I have the endurance. It’s a case of The Tortoise and the Hare here.
Rabbits and chickens.
Drying out cabbage
Dehydrated cabbage is easy to store and use. Like many other vegetables, cabbage can be dried outside on drying racks or screens, in an oven set to a very low temperature, by using a solar sun oven, or in a dehydrator. Dehydrated cabbage can be used medicinally or for culinary purposes. There are several nice hydrators available on the market; however, why not use the sun… It’s free!!
You may be thinking, what do these locals do with dry cabbage? It is actually very nutritious and it provides a tasty treat for snacking. It’s great on camping trips, and added to soups and stews in the fall.
Above left, If you look closely, you can see hundreds of cracks along the side of this building. It seems like a ladder was attached, but it fell off!! (*Made in China*)
Above right, We are often chocked by clouds of smoke from these “pits” next to the road. Trash burning is a common method to dispose of garbage, particularly in rural areas. The content of the smoke depends largely on the trash that went into the fire. Trash containing plastics, polystyrene (such as foam cups) and bleached or coloured papers can produce harmful chemicals when burned. Burning about 10 pounds a day of trash may produce as much air pollution as a modern, well-controlled incinerator burning 400,000 pounds a day of trash!!! Trust me when I say – they are burning anything and everything in the pit pictured above. Taking this into consideration, it is not hard to see just one of the reasons why China is so polluted.
Another very common sight in China. Laundry hang from string tied between two trees, poles, or anything else that available. On the weekends, we see the teachers (who sleep at the school) hanging their laundry from the windows. It is completely normal to wear the same outfit two to three days in a row, and only give it a wash, OR just hang it out to air. I don’t know how this works in the hot months – Surely the clothes must be sweaty after a long day of work!!
Heading home after a long run.
Every week it gets a little colder here.
We have taken out more layers of clothes, and we are ready for the chilly air.
This won’t stop us moving!
Happy Running Everyone.