Curling in Beijing

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!


The Great Hall of the People

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.

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