You’re a Beijinger

10 May

Have you ever thought about how much your home environment affects you? Minus the “go” mentality that every metropolis instills in a person, a city begins the growth of certain characteristics. New Yorkers have become known for their work hard/play hard attitude, Torontonians have become known for the “hipster” style, Parisiens are known for their love of black coffee and dark chocolate. And so on and so forth.
Now what attributions make us Beijingers? Are there certain qualities making us distinguishable amongst the other cities? But of course there are and here a list of qualities has been compiled to help you categorize yourself.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: you’re trying to fit more than two people on a pedal bike. Your fantasy is that one day four will squeeze on. The best part; nobody would give you a second look if you pulled it off.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: you’re able to weave your way through a traffic jam on your bike like Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible” cruising in stealth mode; undetectable. You’re a major pain the driver’s butt. But you couldn’t care less.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: you saunter nonchalantly into a street of oncoming traffic even when the red man is flashing. Despite the obvious danger, you have no fear.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: a regular stop for you is the fruit truck on the corner to grab a stick of pineapple or half a watermelon. Your fantasy; eating fruit daily will cancel out the pollution you’re constantly breathing in, the reality is that you’re still constantly coughing no matter how much fruit you consume. The best part is that
You know you’re a Beijinger when: you’ve become a big fan of green-tea flavored food items. The Green-Tea Oreos sold in the convenience stores, the Starbuck’s Green Tea Latte and Frappuccino, or McDonald’s Green Tea flavored cheesecake. You tell yourself it’s healthier.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: while eating Chua’er and drinking a Jingtao, you’re passing time with some Zambians, some Russians, some Brits, some Syrians, some Americans, some Chinese, some Koreans. The best part is that you are making glorious memories that will never leave your hippocampus.
You know you’re a Beijinger when: you know at some point it must end. And that’s that.

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