go where you can

There is a huge difference in the customs and practice of public hygiene in China versus most western countries.  In America, public urination could result in a fine or being arrested by the police.  But in China, it is commonplace.  I can’t count the number of times I saw men casually walk over to the edge of a building or in an alley, whip our their willy and just hose away.  There seems to be an exceptional tolerance for children using the toilet as it is common for parents to untrap their children’s hinged bottom flap on their pants and let them dump or pee wherever they happen to be at the moment.

In the photo above, this woman was having her child relieve him/herself right in the middle of the walking street in Yangshuo.  I almost tripped right over them as we walked through.  Mind you, this is in a HEAVY traffic area and right in front of shops and vendor’s stalls (I shot the photo below in the same area at the same time as the photo above).  Finding a public toilet is sometimes hit and miss in China; usually the public toilets are a pay to use affair but the cost is only a few pennies.  Well, just another cultural difference to chalk up to experience…

 


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Kazan walking street

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After visiting the Kazan Kremlin, I went for a haircut.  Last month, when a man from Pakistan cut my hair and I told him only cut this much (showing about 3/4′ between my fingers), he cut off all my hair except for three-quarters of an inch.  Did I learn my lesson?  No.  Just as my hair grows out, I see a barber shop in the Kazan walking street district.  “Blah blah blah, something or other in Russian.”  I hold up my fingers and say, “Only cut off this much.”  Yeah, she cut it all off except for that amount.  Doh!  Now I look like a porcupine.

Strolling through the walking district and did some people watching, did some shopping, snapped a few photos.  I talked to some Russian soldiers about their uniforms and they asked me about my upcoming trip to Siberia.

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