Subway adventure, Beijing Marathon & thunder

Yours truly, Ms Lotta & mini-me went on a Beijing subway adventure today and I have to say that I’m amazed by the organisation and the dual language availability of the system here. It’s exactly like Tokyo which means I feel oddly “at home”. There’s even an app, in English, which is kind of useful considering it’s a HUGE transport system.. And my Chineese is still pretty non-existent.Our mission today – the Beijing Marathon. Hubby was on the starting line and we had to cheer him on along the way. He was aiming for around 3:30:00 but at the same time he knew that he hadn’t put in the hours he needed really. But I think he was out for revenge from Stockholm Marathon for which he has extremely prepared and in which he hit a wall at the beginning of the race. So he had everything to win, and he’s kind of stubborn so I had no doubt he’d pull through. The weather was as near perfect as it could be, low twenties and the air wasn’t too bad (for being Beijing).

The plan this morning was for Ms L, mini-me and yours truly to get to the 25k mark and cheer him on but we had to switch plans in the middle of everything as we had a sneaky suspicion that we wouldn’t make it without risking to miss him. So we switched trains and set our minds on the 30k mark but ended up at the 37,5k mark instead. Good thing seeing he had been “early” at the 20+ marks. That said, we had no issue what so ever to find our way across the town, despite the fact that we had to switch four lines – with a 7-year old in tow.. 

And it was so cool to see the Olympic Village from 2008 – the Birds nest, the Water Cube (Olympic Swimming) and the Olympic Flames.Apologies for the bad picture but I only had my phone… Fortunately I can steal a couple from hubby as he took some selfies along the way.All the structures in the village are apparently in need of some TLC but seeing Beijing will host the Winter Olympics in 2022, I’m sure they’ll be back to shape in no time. ๐Ÿ˜Š

As the race started at 07.30 this morning we were finished by 11am ๐Ÿ˜Š Hubby was pleased with hitting his target of 3:30:00, we were proud and happy to have performed our cheerleader duties (although he almost missed us..)โ€‹โ€‹The rest of the day has been spent eating and sleeping. One could almost think I had been the one running 42km as I both slept this afternoon and has eaten like a horse. But what’s new? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Nowadays I blame my constant hunger on being a non-smoker. (Footnote: Yeah, still going strong. I am sure some of you thought I was back at it as I’ve stopped writing about it but you’re wrong. Have I gotten over the boredom? Heck no. Do I consider myself as a non-smoker? Nope. I’m simply on a break.) 

We ended up our evening at a half-Swedish owned restaurant near the hotel called Arrow Brewing Factory. Pulled pork pita bread was on the menu. It was amazingly good. After that we took yet another stroll home under a thunderous sky filled with lightening. Not easy when you have a daughter whose biggest fear is to get hit by lightning.. Two nights in a row now we’ve been forced to count 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004.. between the flash of light and the thunder in order to see how far away the storm is. Not that it helps, at  all. She obviously doesn’t trust us. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Lastly, before I head back to bed, a short update on our living situation. House is ready, Selma’s bed is assembled. Last item left before we can move in is our bed. That we will fix tomorrow and as of Monday we should be ready to go. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Can’t wait to sit down and get really comfy in these..It looks, however, like someone beat me to it.. 

Love from Beijing โค๏ธ

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