. Today we went to The Great Wall with our host Gao Hui. The view is spectacular! (Pictures to follow, hopefully) The wall is a great workout! (1000 stairs just to get to it and then some challenging walking once you are there. We took the toboggan run down which is basically the world's longest super slide. Totally fun!
Tomorrow, it's back to swimming. Christine is the presumptive butterflyer on the relay. The coaches haven't announced it officially yet, even if Katie Currie and Matt Lauer have. So the plan for tomorrow is to hit the Silk Market and then head over to get our tickets and go to the prelims (6:30 Beijing time). The finals will be on Sunday (AM here, prime time there-(9:00)We have tickets to Track and Field and Table Tennis on Saturday. This trip has been a great balance between sports, sightseeing, and shopping. We added some more pictures in here - hopefully you can enjoy them.
Love to all -- Go USA!
Hello from Beijing!It has been a busy couple of days. Bill took a day of rest yesterday. Jackie and I headed out on our own. We have the subway figured out. We tried taking a bus but we ended up getting out who knows where and taking a taxi to our destination. Anyway, I digress. We got tickets to the Women's Gymnastics Final yesterday morning. It was really awsome to see in person. It's a bit like watching a 3 ring circus as competition takes place simultaneously on more than one apparatus; something that is not apparent on TV. In the afternoon, we toured the Summer Palace, another vast series of gardens and pavillions. It has a big lake with boats on it and we could feel a bit of a lake breeze. We didn't quite cover the full 70,000 square km. To my book club friends: it was like stepping into Peony in Love. We came back to the apartment (taxi to subway to foot) to meet Bill for dinner. Then we met up with Ken and went for massages by blind massueses. They were great and cheap. We have really had some unique experiences being "friends of Ken"