I went on a walkabout yesterday afternoon. It’s been a while since I took any pictures, and there was an alleyway I wanted to check out, so I took off with the camera and went wandering. It’s amazing, really, how many back alleys and hidden roads there are in this town. It’s almost as if there are two cities in Pizhou – the city seen from the main streets, and the city hidden behind walls and storefronts. In my wandering I also found my way to the Grand Canal and explored the empty shells of a few rusted out boats, one of which appeared to be made out of cement.
I wasn’t gone very long, and I didn’t see very much, but I did come to realize how much I enjoy the back alleys. So much better than the busy noisy crowded streets. It’s quiet in the back. Few people, the occasional dog, no car horns, quiet, private. A nice getaway.