So, if you weren’t aware, China’s pretty big (You’re aware… I know). It’s huge, in fact. Population? 22 million people (my source is the China Daily, so I think that’s pretty reputable) live in Beijing. The greater Beijing area is the size of BELGIUM.
So, with so many people living in a city, even when you throw some travelers in there, the ratio is not exactly in my favor. Which is to say that I’m sometimes a bit of a spectacle. I stand out. People of all ages stare on the Metro and buses. Yesterday, a small girl came and sat next to me, eating an ice-cream. Her parents took a picture, she ran off to have a look, then came and sat on my other side and they took another. She had a huge grin on her face. I pretended not to be painfully aware of what was going on. I smile a lot at these things because, really, it’s kind of cute.
Today, I was at the Forbidden City, and a woman shrieked something at me. I turned around and she shook her camera at me. For a moment, I thought that she wanted to me to take a picture for her. But no, what she wanted was to get a picture OF me, with three of her friends. I’m a bit of a sight, I suppose, but there’s nothing I can do about it.
And so, I smile, and I play along, and laugh to myself… and then post about it on the internet. 🙂