The Post-Vacation Blahs Continue

The weather has been great for the past few days. Blue skies, cool breezes, sun – actual sun, not a glowing mass of clouds. Maybe spring is not too far away. The airplanes are actually in the sky flying for a change, not parked on the apron covered up to protect them from the cold.

Speaking of cold, we have had close to zero snow. I’m not sure what is normal around here, but some of the instructors who were here last year said that there was a lot of snow and ice on the ground the whole winter. I’m not complaining, it is much easier to ride a bicycle on pavement, but I got used to a very snowy winter living in Toronto. I’ve heard from friends there that Toronto is also having a very mild winter.

On very sunny days, I feel real nostalgia for Toronto. Toronto is a great city on a mild winter day when it is super-sunny. There is no better place to be than on Ideal Cafe’s patio soaking up some vitamin D, sipping the best coffee in Toronto, if not North America, listening to the conversations of all the artistic folk who are regulars.  Ideal Cafe is located about a block from where we lived, on a quiet street of Kensington Market. The owner travelled to Central America to buy coffee beans from the farmers and brought it back to roast himself in the shop. That is the sort of thing I miss a lot. You are not going to find any little shops in Shijiazhuang selling organic artesan bread or gourmet cheese and fresh croissants. You won’t find organic-anything! I certainly don’t need those kinds of foods to survive, but I do get a little bit paranoid when I think of the pollutants and toxins present in the soil and food here.

On a different note, the flight instructor numbers are really growing around here. When we first arrived, there were about 15 of us, now there are more than 50, with a group of at least 10 arriving this past week alone.

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