Well, Just a week after National day things here in Beijing have returned to normal.
What do I mean?
You know the song by the Eurythmics...Here come's the rain again? Just imagine that song with slightly different lyrics. Yes, replace 'rain' with the word 'smog' and you will have an idea of what it is like here in Beijing...after the holiday:
On Tuesday I looked outside the window and noticed that there was a distant haze. I had already been spoiled! Fresh Air, clear sky!
Sobered, I wondered how long it would take for the city to be engulfed in the approaching darkness.
This morning I awoke to find that, unlike a thief in the night time, smog had stolen the sun and didn't even attempt to hide it's presence.
I suppose it is something like awaking and having a burglar staring you in the face - laughing - as they casually walk out with the TV. Watching, putting up no fight...only thinking: that van lingering outside was suspicious!
Okay, perhaps it isn't that dramatic. But, only sort of.
I sure hope the weather makers that cleared things up for the holidays (that is the rumor going around campus) give us a few days of clear-sky again...
Otherwise: Hainan, here I come!