Several people, both Chinese and those who have visited here, had informed us that the pollution is very bad in Xi’an. They were not exaggerating. I am thankful I do not have asthma or any serious pulmonary problems. I’m sure the Industrial Revolution in the early part of last century America produced some very similar situations. I hope China’s air will be cleaner in the future as well.
Perhaps we can thank last Thursday’s light rain and evening winds for Friday’s less grey/more blue skies. They were not Crayola’s Sky Blue by any stretch of the imagination, but everything is relative. When we looked out the window of the apartment, we saw buildings in the not too far distance that had been completely invisible for the previous 10 days. Here is a snapshot of this clear day.
|Taken from our living room window at 1101.|
|The view behind our apartment. The people in this neighborhood are very friendly.|
When I think of the vast distances we could see from Huron Mountain Club in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or atop Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire, I hope these kids are able to travel to places with clear blue skies and no shortage of fresh air.
|The view we see on the other side of our apartment. These students make good use of the soccer field.|
The dust finds its way in every crack, so even keeping things livable in this quite new apartment is a constant effort. I’m glad Ben likes to mop J !!!