I am finally back from my trip to Asia (a total of 5 countries and 2 special administrative regions). It looks like autopilot mode didn’t work so well because I didn’t have enough time to write anything before I left. While my trip was fun and enjoyable, there are two things that I have come to appreciate about my part of the world: clean air and no smoking laws.
In some of the cities I went to, it felt like I was suffocating, and going indoors didn’t help because everyone smokes. The air back home is fresh and clean, so I’ve gotten used to it and thought most of the world was like this except for factory cities. While watching a sunrise in Macau, I was dismayed at how uninspiring it looked. The sunrises I’m used to usually start with the sky looking like its been set ablaze with red, pink, and orange colours before a brilliant light appears over the Earth and turns the sky blue. In Macau, there was not a single cloud in the sky, but I did not see the sun “rise”. Instead, a faint red circle appeared within a thick line of blackness over the horizon and the sky turned grey. It took a relatively long time for the sun to become a blinding light and not just a red circle in the sky.
I was also shocked to see people of all backgrounds smoking. Although there are laws here that make it illegal to smoke in public spaces or within 5 metres of an entranceway, I don’t think it would be a major problem if those laws were not in place. From my experience, smoking is largely contained to the older generations and people in the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder.
Now that I’m home, I can breathe easy. I have about 4 weeks of anime to catch up on since I didn’t watch anything the week before I left. Since I don’t want any spoilers, I won’t be reading any episodic reviews until I’ve caught up with everything. If anyone has recommendations on what to watch this season, I’d be happy to hear them.