Today was a BIG day. At least for dad. No more buying and lugging around gallon (liter+) jugs of water from the food store or 7-11. Normally, we go through 2-3 per day. They installed our new under the sink, water filter “system”today. Mom and Dad are happy.
If you didn’t know, you can’t drink the water in Beijing. Maybe you can’t drink the water in the entire country…..Something about old pipes… Dad complains about it a lot. Says its a major pain. Boiling the water does not work, too many chemicals in the water. We place cups of (bottled) water in the bathrooms to brush our teeth with.
We were surprised that the big Western hotels (my favorite the Westin) also suggests drink only bottled water or filtered.
Mom’s co-worker, who lives nearby, dropped over Sunday. We hopped into an Uber to Guozijian Street. This street is a famous Hutong (alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences). Ate lunch at a Thai restaurant then checked out a few custom bike shops nearby. Such a nice, warm spring day. Air quality was pretty good too. No masks. Alex is looking to buy a bike so we followed him around to several bike shops.
There are so many different kinds of bikes on the city streets. Some electric but most very old fashioned bikes. I bet many are from back in the olden days when my parents were my age.
People use trailers with some bikes and haul pretty much anything on their bikes. This guy pulled up beside us and I said nǐhǎo (hello) to the dog but it didn’t look at me. Maybe he only knows English…
We visited several bike stores, including the Giant which is very close to mom’s office and he actually bought a new bike here. Dad bought a new helmet, said he is going to start riding the old bike a neighbor let us borrow.
This is the bike we have now. Our three bikes are still on the slow boat from Seattle. With this spring like weather, mom and dad have mentioned, it’s bike season. Hope that slow boat picks up some speed.