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Freedom!!!!

Up, yoga, breakfast. Just got word that I’m done with quarantine and now carry a green health QR code. I’m now free to move about society. My green code is good for one week. Will have to test again in seven days.


First stop? The bank with Phoebe to set up a new account. Second, switch my new phone number into my name. Third, attach my new bank account to all the necessary apps. Everyone uses WeChat and Alipay for nearly all transactions. Fourth, grocery store later today. Perhaps even venture into a restaurant and just wing it.


Spent a large part of my day with Phoebe. She’s a young lady that works in HR for the school. She’s from the west part of China and came here to live with a friend in Hangzhou leaving her parents and younger sister behind. She’s been here for six years. She doesn’t like doing much outside and prefers to watch movies and read. I can’t say enough about how helpful she’s been guiding me through this whole process of getting here. We Spwnt a few hours getting my bank account set up, setting up all my apps to transfer money, and switching my temporary cell phone plan to my name.



Had to wear a mask in a few places inside. I’m told that it’s up to local businesses, but can expect to mask up in banks and any federal place including most transportation.


Scooters and mad popular here. I see people on scooters way more than bikes. Will have to look into that, but for now a bike appeals me to me so I can get some exercise too. Maybe both?


It’s only noon here. Will update on other ventures from today in tomorrows posting.




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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
Aug 01, 2022

How's their driving on those scooters? I have visions of some places in the world where traffic laws are not much more than softly spoken suggestions and to get into or on a motorized vehicle is much like the scene in Deer Hunter spinning the chamber... Good to have Phoebe there (especially on your first outings). I applaud you my friend for taking this leap into the unknown, mad respect, I could never in a billion years do it. I was so OCD to my routine at MHS that when we moved into the new building it took me more than a few months to become comfortable... going to a completely different culture would be a bit beyond (light years)…

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David Shick!
David Shick!
Aug 01, 2022
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Scooters are super popular compared to bikes. ALL the locals are on scooters. Just from what I've experienced so far it felt like tourists on bikes. Hangzhou is a big tourist town because of the local beauty. As my legs were burning my brain was saying, "Dang. those scooters are looking goooooood". Traffic is pretty crazy. I have to say that their downtown traffic is comparable to a US city. I don't see anything other than people respecting traffic laws any differently that what you would see in Seattle. It's only been a few days. Will reassess that statement at a later date.

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