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Shades of grey

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There is a huge thunderstorm raging outside right now. It’s pouring down with rain, and the sky keeps flashing completely white all over, like I’ve never seen. And then even though you know you should expect it, the thunder is still a huge shock when it comes after a lengthy pause.

The sky today has been, quite literally, varying shades of grey. Earlier I said that it was kinda yellow. That was pretty early in the morning, but by midday it had completely grey-ed out.

In other parts of the city, it was apparently dark at midday. This doesn’t surprise me one bit, it was so grey, it felt like the kind of sky you see BEFORE the sun rises. You can see some beautiful(!) pictures of Beijing, completely dark, at noon, here. It’s weird because, the pollution level, while bad, isn’t as bad as it’s been at some times earlier this year. At around 10pm here, the night sky was a deep strange shade of purple, but now (midnight), although it’s obviously dark, it’s so smoggy that you can see pretty much see how the greyness of the smog is clogging up the skyline. I don’t think my words describe it well enough, take my word for it: it’s really disgusting.

Tomorrow is the first, and penultimate, day of exams. Our exams here start and end really quickly. Just to bring up something I’ve mentioned possibly a few times before… In our final class on Monday, we asked our teacher where her exam was to be held on Wednesday.

“Ooohhhh, I don’t know!”


Well, when are you going to be able to tell us!?!? Gahh, it’s enraging.
It’s fine that they’re usually in random buildings all over campus that we’ve never had reason to go to before (or find out where they are) but honestly, we need to know!!! And preferably, BEFORE the exam?!!?! Is that really too much to ask? -_-


As I was saying, it seems that organisation of such things is really last-minute here, or at least that communication is extremely slow.

*Triple flash*

To give her some credit, even she was a bit embarrassed that she didn’t know herself, and muttered to herself a few times, more for our benefit really, than for her own: How is it that even don’t know…?


So we got an email earlier today from her, with the times and locations of our exams for the following two days.

*Thunder thunder thunder*

Well, thank you. It’s comforting to be told the day before where I’m supposed to be going to sit my final exams in less than TWENTY FOUR hours!

It was amusing to see that I also received my draft timetable for uni next year!



About Ibtehaal

I graduated with a degree in Chinese and Economics, which involved spending a year studying Chinese in Beijing. This turned out to be the hardest but most rewarding thing I think I have ever done. I've now returned to China for another year, to study in Shanghai and figure out my next steps.

2 responses »

  1. That level of darkness is so bizarre for midday- even worse than British Winters!

    Lots and lots of luck for your exam tomorrow! You’re lucky they finish so quickly 🙂

    Also your title…shades of grey….

    • It’s bizarre anywhere! It wasn’t natural, it was a disgusting result of pollution. Today is no better, gloomily grey in a totally different way to the rainy gloom of the fine Kingdom!


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