We’ve been having Internet issues (and VPN issues) so I’ve been unable to post for a while, so this one is a bit of a long time in coming.
A few weekends ago, the men’s world curling championships came to Beijing. Yes, curling, that crazy winter Olympic sport that involves sweeping the ice and that no one (except the Canadians) ever really understand, but that we became fans of during the most recent Olympics.
We got a group together to go watch the finals, which featured Norway vs Sweden. It was a bit odd watching in person, but something that I can now check off the bucket list!
Last week, after a week working in Hong Kong, we headed off to Taipei for a short vacation. I was long overdue for a vacation, having not left the country since October. It was my first time to Taiwan’s capital and I have to say, I’m a big fan. I might be in the wrong Chinese city.
Week before last, I went back to Hong Kong—my first trip back there since moving to Beijing. It was great, if a little bittersweet. But I got to enjoy warmth, sunshine and buckets of rain to make up for the single centimeter of precipitation we’ve seen in Beijing over the eight months I’ve been here. Continue reading
Was back in Hong Kong last week. It was so good to be back, and oddly felt like going home. (And obviously I had to go stop in and hop in the boat on Lamma for dragon boat training over the weekend.) More to come later (now in Taiwan — more to come on that, too!).
And every once in a while, you get really lucky in Beijing and find yourself at Tiananmen Square on a day like this.
The “two meetings,” the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamping sessions of Parliament, just concluded.
On the last day, I managed to slip away from the office for a little bit to attend (my Chinese skills aren’t up to snuff enough for me to go to the sessions daily, as many reporters do). But I wanted to see inside the Great Hall of the People.