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A Taste of the Old Days 
29 January 2011, 9:07am

Spring Festival is on the bound here in Hangzhou, which means all but the locals are going home, leaving Hangzhou as it must've been before it became the economic mecca of Zhejiang.

It almost reminds me of when I first arrived here in Hangzhou several years ago: the streets are empty, it takes less than five minutes to find an empty taxi, the buses are comfortable, and I can get home from work in a reasonable amount of time, due to the streets not being bumper to bumper twenty-four hours a day.

Sure, the sky is still a bit polluted, and yes, the water is still too filthy to swim in. So it's not exactly like it was when Daisy was growing up. And the price of necessities are going through the roof, but at least it's easy to get to a place where you can buy them.

The last two days have been unbelievably out of the ordinary here in Hangzhou. All my street food vendors have been preparing me for some time that they're going home soon, meaning I'll need to have breakfast — gasp! — at home rather than a delicious egg pancake for a dime. It's 6:06pm and I've already arrived home, had a quick bowl of oatmeal, and am finishing up this pointless blog before going for a cold weather run.

I miss the old days.

[Note: the hurricane starts in a few days, though, when I won't be able to enjoy the niceties of having Hangzhou to myself. Instead, I'll be bouncing to and from this party and that party and this dinner and that dinner. But I'll take what I can get!]

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