Holy shit… This picture is a view from the plane as we are approaching Beijing. It is not cloudy out today and it’s not foggy–no, that is all smog. And I am about to live there for a month… So much for running the Portland Marathon.

I included this rhinestone bedazzled SLK because it’s just so hideous. It was found at the Elements Mall in HK shortly before I left.

Update: Since landing, I’ve figured out why it’s so damn smoggy. When I came here in 2007, my grandparents’ neighborhood was largely devoid of cars. Now there are so many cars that they’ve taken to parking on sidewalks, lawns, etc. There’s simply no space and it’s safe to assume this is a trend that is typical throughout the city and I also assume that it will get worse before it even starts to get better. As it stands, visibility is no more than a mile or two and this is supposedly just a typical day. Forget the stupid marathon, I am genuinely concerned for my health and well-being at this point and am afraid I might suffer some kind of permanent lung damage.


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