- Do you like to walk?
Well, I do enjoy taking a walk occasionally but don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like to, what with having to drive everywhere and not living in a nice area.
- Do you like to walk on your own or with others?
When I do go for a walk, I prefer to do it alone. That way, I have time to think without any distractions. I mean, I do enjoy a good conversation but a bit of alone time every now and then is good for my mental health I think.
- Would you say that your city is a good place for walking?
Definitely not. My hometown used to be a city of heavy industry and the pollution was horrific. Now obviously, it’s improve a lot but still we get pretty bad smog all the time so it’s probably not very healthy to be walking around. Also, we’re not exactly a scenic city, so there’s really not much nature to enjoy. You’d have to go way out of the city to get that.
- When and where do you usually walk?
When I’m in the mood, I go to a nearby park called Beiling Park, which is probably one of the nicest spots in the city. It’s not huge but the environment is at least acceptable for a walk, considering the overall level of environment we get in this city.
- Do you think walking helps with health?
Oh yes it definitely does and I’ve heard it’s one of the healthiest activities we can do but it’s not that physically demanding but improves the overall health of our body in a fairly efficient way. It’s also one of the best and easiest ways to lose weight.
- Did you often play outdoor games in your childhood?
Yes, all the time. We used to play all sorts of games in primary school, including marbles, hopscotch and a game we called piaji, where everyone had these thin, round cardboards and put them on the ground and you try to flip them with your own card. It was all the rage when I was little and everyone had drawers of these little cards.
- What kind of weather do you like?
I love cooler and drier days, the sort of weather you typically get in autumn, when everything’s cooled down a bit and it doesn’t rain as much as in the summer.
- Does it rain much in your country or hometown?
Well, up in the northeast, it mostly rains in the summer and yes, the rain can be pretty heavy during that time but come winter, the rain’s replaced by heavy snowfall.
- What do you do on rainy days and sunny days?
I try my best to stay indoors when it’s raining ‘cause I hate getting myself wet but when it’s sunny outside, my first option is to play football in a nearby university. Failing that, I go back to my parents place and maybe take a long walk with them by the lake near their apartment.
- What do you think are the disadvantages of raining?
Well, obviously, all outdoor activities are out of the window when it’s raining and your shoes get dirty pretty easily if you have to go out. Also, if you have arthritis, I suppose rainy days are your worst enemy, ‘cause your joints start hurting.
- Does weather affect people’s mood?
It certainly does. Everyone’s in a good mood when it’s sunny out, while rain brings everybody down.
- Can you give any examples of unusual weather in your hometown?
Well, years ago there was a snowstorm that almost lasted for two days and there was like two feet of snow on the ground. School were out and the kids were happy but some people still had to go to work and you can imagine what a nightmare the traffic was.
- Do you like extremely hot or cold weather?
If I had to choose one, I’d go with extremely cold weather and my theory is if it’s really cold, you can just keep putting on more clothes till you’re warm, whereas if it’s really hot, there’s only so much you can take off before being called a pervert! Well yes, there are air-conditioners to cool you down but they’re not very environmentally friendly!
- What do you think are the differences between the weather in the present and that in the past?
I personally don’t really see that much of a difference. I mean, if anything, the winters here in the northeast have been notably colder than say then years ago.
- What is the climate like in your hometown?
It’s fairly typical northeastern climate with distinct four seasons, you know, hot summers and cold and snowy winters. The spring and autumn could be longer but other than that, there’s not much to complain about.
- Which of the four seasons do you like best?
My personal favourite is the autumn because the temperature is the most comfortable for me and it neither rains or snows much, so there’s plenty of time for outdoor activities. I also love the golden colours during this time of the year. It feels very poetic.
- Would you prefer to live in a place with one warm season all year round or a place with different seasons?
Definitely a place with different seasons because change is the ultimate theme of life. I feel much more satisfied when I get to experience such different sceneries in a year.