Eat your heart out Mount Tremblant - we woke up this morning to snow! Not exactly a snowstorm but a good covering that looks like it is going to continue all day. Unfortunately it also means cloud covered skies – the first in four days – and the very distinct heavy smell of burning soft coal. I took a few shots from the apartment windows. The sidewalk sweeper (below left) had already cleaned the area in the picture at the top and has another 1000 feet to clean before she’s finished – don’t think I’ll ever complain about my front walk again.
Our friend Marie-Paul is visiting from Singapore (where it is currently 26C and sunny) for the New Year. She and I had to make a trip to YouShow Market to get warm coats, hats and gloves. Laurent worked his bargining magic - the spectacle of salesgirls crying that they were losing the store as they dropped the price of a Timberland knock-off from 1050 yuan to 250, then smilingly taking our money should be on the list of things to see in Bejing.