This morning the AQI was off the scale.
Any over 150 is unhealthy. A score of 300 is “hazardous.” I don’t know the threshold for “face melting,” but I think 600 might be in the ballpark.
This is what it looks like outside:
Can I stay home today?
On my recent city visit to Qiqihar 齊齊哈爾, they let me in to a high school to talk with high school students about studying in the U.S. They put me in a room with 100 high school kids and a PowerPoint presentation, and let me brainwash them for a hour.
I think the principal was expecting me to talk in English. When he was introducing me, he told the kids that they should raise their hands if they didn’t understand something that I said. When I began by greeting them in Chinese, they clapped, and when I started my presentation, there was a little murmur of surprise in the crowd. They were a great audience, very receptive, and afterwards, a bunch of them came up time to ask follow-up questions.
I really like this part of my job: I love to talk, and I like interacting with students.
“Caution: Scream escape”
I’ll be here for a few days on an outreach visit. Consular officers are each assigned two cities to visit and get to know. The idea is to understand smaller cities in the region, so that when we are interviewing visa applicants, we can be better judges of their applications.
Today I will visit the local government foreign affairs office, then visit some companies in the area, and finally give a presentation in a local high school.
“Scream & Nope the club of fright”
“Freedom for sale”
Actually, this one is a little depressing.
“Self colors oracle”
“Warning don’t go outside in the alley at night because it’s dangerous”