-Holy s****! I said.
-Oh, almost 1 year away from Suzhou and you forget the perks of living here? Welcome back Jonna! My friend said.
We walked to the popular spot “The Rainbow Walk” where we sat down at Starbucks to have a coffee and a chat. Not as easy as it sounds, however, because people constantly came up to the pram, looking down at the baby and throwing out comments. Or well, not everyone. Some people, like an old man, simply walked up to her, stared for some 3 minutes, and then walked away.
-Holy S****! How do you deal with that?! I said
-I don’t when I’m in a bad mood. Sure it’s cute that they all want to see her but when they start touching her I freak. Also, it’s sometimes frustrating when you want to take a power walk and are constantly held up because of baby observers.
We were interrupted by a young couple:
-我的天阿！！！ 老外宝宝， 老外宝宝！！！
(Oh my god, a foreign baby!)
-Holy S***! Is that what they say, every time they see you?
-About 80% of the time, yes!
On the plus side, however, Suzhou (who I always considered a bit of a dull place) is proving to be a very baby-friendly city. C told me of how they rearrange the tables at restaurants so that she can bring her pram inside, and how people get scared, but helpful, when she sometimes asks someone for help with carrying the pram up/down a stair. With it's wide roads it's also proving to be a friendly place when it comes to pushing your pram around.
So there you go. All in all I'd say it's a baby friendly place. Just be ready to feel like a ZOO animal when pushing that pram around.