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Day 5 Quarantine in Jiaxing - Get ready to cringe

And now for something completely different…



Both hotels I’ve been had a very similar toilet and shower setup. Side by side just like this pic.


The first toilet had a bidet built into it. The second one? No. Why do I care? This has been one of my major concerns about coming to China. Human rights violations? ** Not so much. Toilets? Yeah. Why? You can’t flush toilet paper here because their plumbing and septic won’t handle it. Sooooooo, where does the toilet paper go? In the garbage can next to the toilet. Seriously? Yep. Having the bidet made a huge difference. I just had my first experience without the bidet. I really really really hope my apartment in Hangzhou has one. If not, an add on bidet will be an investment.


Once you go bidet, you never go back.


In other news, I’m way past boredom. I soooooo want to be outside. Can’t I walk around the block? I promise to wear a hazmat suit. Pretty please? Dang. Only one more full day before I get to be in my own apartment. I have to spend three days inside there too, but at least I’ll start to unpack and visualize how I want to modify my new home with stuff. I can’t wait to unpack. Im tired of looking at these open yet unpacked bags.



** A quick note about human rights violations. Yes, I do care. I’ve learned a bit about the Uyghurs in northwest China. Some of the rhetoric surrounding their treatment sounds pretty bad, but I have a hard time thinking the Chinese government is any worse than the US government in the way minorities have been treated there. I can’t call it a moral equivalency in the present, but if you shift timelines they match up well. If society here in Asia lags behind other developed countries I feel that’s understandable. As China develops economically I believe we’ll see a shift towards better treatment of minorities eventually. I have a hard time judging the Chinese without first turning that introspection towards my own government. If the US is a mature economy, then China certainty is only a juvenile one. Well, that’s my perspective.


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Oh, I forgot the issue of what counts as human rights. We certainly can proudly display our flags from our trucks but will go broke paying for medical care, if we can even get

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I tried responding once and it whipped out my response, so this will be less articulate!

Thoughts on human rights: I totally agree that it is hypocritical to point out the flaws elsewhere without owning up to your own. I only partially agree with the economic maturity point. It seems that we all should learn from the mistakes of the past so there is less excuse/justification for a 20th century economy/society than an 18th century one. What appears undeniable: China doesn't tolerate dissent (Tibet, Tiananmen, etc) while we do (think of the numerous left, right protests and the insane variety of news media). I'm very interested in what you learn about dissent and how it is dealt with that we…

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Seems that wherever you are, as one generation passes the next brings change. We hear it here: Meridian/America isn't what it used to be.

One question/thought: the line about knowing your "station" and proper behavior within that station sounds suspiciously like the American South: as long as everyone just knew their place all was good, it was those "outsiders" who came here stirring up trouble that messed things up.

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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
Jul 27, 2022

As soon as I saw the tile in the bathroom Tetris came to mind... no I didn't play it for hours and days on end (that's my story and I'm sticking to it:) I absolutely hate living out of a suitcase... I would be going bonkers myself. Not to be an optimist (I'm truly a realist) but, it could be a #$%#@ ton worse... the place looks decently clean, there is intergoogle for winged sprint cars, and you get your meals delivered (even tho' there is a bit of that meal that looks back at you-I can't get on board with that). Be well my friend! Keep the blog posts coming!

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Kari Bosley
Kari Bosley
Jul 27, 2022

I look forward to your posts! too bad you don‘t have a bidet in this hotel. I’ve heard a lot of countries don’t flush toilet paper. In Panama they didn’t flush tp but on base we could. What a luxury! Hoping your next post is from your apartment!

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