If there was any chance I was regretting the choice to make a quick trip back to Seattle now, this sealed it:
That’s what it looked like at 8am from my window this morning. Obviously the good air we had during the Olympics is nothing but a memory.
For comparison, here’s the same view on a reasonable day (29 December 2007):
Then again, it’s 8am and my flight leaves at 4:20pm and I haven’t even started packing. I’m trying the new direct Beijing-Seattle flight on Hainan Air. Saves a lot of time, but I was kind of liking the relatively easy Customs experience in Vancouver. We’ll see.