Malone on life halfway round the world
Hello winter. Hello colds. Current cold duration: 10 days. I wonder if I will get a week off before the next one?
I’ve received emails from the child’s father; he sounds open and reflective. Not him at all! He must be jet-lagged crazy tired. I almost feel sorry for him but quickly slap myself around the face, and remind myself he left me pregnant and again now he has gone. I wonder if this trip will be good for him. He seems confused that no-one speaks English, especially cab drivers. He’s halfway round the world! I reply that I’m sure if the Chinese cab drivers had a degree in English they wouldn’t be picking up tourists from the airport. He says he has seen some terribly disfigured beggars at the station: “I get the impression life is pretty cheap here, and if you are not too careful, this place could chew you up and spit you out.”
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