I walked west today. That’s a good thing, because west is where my home is.
No more walking south for a while.
On the way out from the city I found out something I thought was interesting: why were there so many hookers in this place?
The answer: Shijiazhuang is a major military base, there are single men everywhere.
I didn’t bother taking pictures of any armed forces, basically just because I didn’t want to get into trouble. So I tried to keep a low profile and walk by unnoticed (as unnoticed as I can be).
Then THE FIRST street sign caught my attention:
Note: This is saying Taiyuan 太原 is another 235km ahead. Everything’s cool, I thought.
Well, what do you know, I keep walking for two hours, and what do I see? ANOTHER street sign:
I’m like, WTF?! Now Taiyuan has suddenly shifted another 80km out of the way or what?
Don’t know what’s up with that. I’m just going to keep walking and taking notes I guess. Someone has got to be proven wrong!
Some more colorful impressions from today’s road:
(I have this thing for bridges lately. Particularly the light situations are often enjoyable.)
“漫步一足” – basically this means “take a walk” – kind of caught my attention. I didn’t go in though. I just kept doing what I was doing: taking a walk.
Then I entered some serious countryside:
Now if I have called the city “civilization” before – then this must be the “wild”, right?
I was weighing this thought in my mind with thoroughness and care, when I looked up and…
…saw my first mountain!
So far, the road has been at a very steady altitude of about 50m above sea level.
Taiyuan sits at a sky-high 1500m.
There is a lot of countryside ahead. And a lot of mountains.
I am nervous.