Here I'm at a loss. The houses in Zhenhai are fricking drab. There's no other way to put it. I get that different cultures have different attitudes to what's important, but here it really bugs me that no one seems to take pride in where they live. I swear they haven't seen a lick of paint since they were built. I'm not kidding about that. Honest.
The other thing about the buildings is that everyone of them here has bars at the window. I know it might seem like a small thing, but when everyone (and I mean almost everyone) lives behind bars, it starts to feel like a prison.
The third thing is the smell. I really can't describe it. The town smells different. Largely Chinese food. That's nice when you go down to Chinatown, but I find it wearing when I smell it all the time.
The fourth thing is the language. I'm fairly liberal, but I have no idea how people can move to another country and not learn the language. I don't think I've ever felt so isolated in my life. That's what is irritating me most I think. I'm not the most social person in the world, but that was a choice on my part, rather than having it forced on me if that makes any sense.
Finally, on a lighter note, the signs that allow you to cross the road (or not) just crack me up. The "cross" signal, looks like it's instructing you to "goose step across the road while waving your arms about like a loon." Seriously. It's the only thing that's making smile at the moment.