I’m sitting in my hotel room at the moment after the first day of work at the Women’s World Curling Championship in Beijing, China. There’s dinner and seeing the sights on the horizon so this post will be short and sweet. The photo above is my office for the next 9 days and that will be my view for most of it, though usually with more players.
My trip out here was quite uneventful, with the exception of the woman sitting across the aisle from me on my flight out of Edinburgh quite soundly smacking me on the side of the head while she was getting herself organised, before turning to me and quite cheerily saying, “sorry dear, I didn’t mean to hit you on the head.” I was going to ask where she did mean to hit me, but let it go and took the first opportunity I could to ask for a beer.
My trip from Amsterdam, where I always connect, to Beijing was long and uncomfortable, it was my tenth flight with KLM so far this year and I was desperately hoping for an upgrade – but business looked full so I didn’t have any luck there. I did manage to get some sleep which I think has helped me reset my body clock a little.
One thing about Beijing that I remembered from my last visit three years ago, but forgot how bad it feels, is the smog. I had a five minute walk from the venue to my hotel and I feel like I’ve smoked a pack of cigarettes. If it gets any worse than it is right now I’ll soon be sporting a fetching face mask anytime I step outside.
Speaking of outside, beer and Peking Duck near the lake district with the media team is calling me. I’ll be back with a longer update on Monday. Until then have a great weekend.
Photo © Christopher Hamilton