day 24: ę°ä¹ (xinle) ā ę£å® (zhengding) = 26,6km
I said good-bye to my friends in ę°ä¹ today. Life in the spa was very pleasant, but eventually I had to get going, no matter what.
On the road I saw someone who was carrying heavier than me:
The official retiring age in China is sixty. Many a good man is forced to work unimaginably hard until his last breath, though. And so is many a good woman.
You can see them everywhere.
I shot wide-angle shots today, obviously, since I had my baby back:
I like the energyā¦
ā¦the generous use of spaceā¦
ā¦and the open feeling of a wide perspective.
When I was just walking along G107, a brave group of middle school students came to hold me up:
They invited me to visit their school, which is in the center of a åä½ (a work unit, sometimes kind of like a little village all by itself):
Interestingly enough, I found these kids from the countryside extraordinarily eloquent and nice to talk to. Standard, dialect-free Mandarin, very pleasant to the foreign ear.
We chatted a while, then we found a place to shoot fun pictures:
I was trying to explain the word ādramaticā ā since I donāt know the Chinese expression (shame on me).
Then I took a group picture of the bunch:
I hope theyāll soon get a chance to look at this. From what I know these kids rarely have the time to play or get online, because they study very very hard.
Wish them success.
When I continued to walk, it was already getting dark, and some of the way became a bit of a helter-shelter:
Now Iām in my hotel room on the outskirts of ę£å®, thereās a police series on TV, I have just had a nice and tasteful dinner, and Iām looking at the photograph above, the one of the old guy pulling his cart.
I guess my yoke is easy and my burden is light after all.
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