Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Challenge

Like lots of people, I got a little bit obsessed with the Olympics this summer. I spent hours in front of the telly, watching athletics, swimming and cycling.

I also discovered a passion for sports that previously I would have just fallen asleep in front of. Think archery, judo, equestrian events. Never before have I watched and enjoyed so much show jumping! It got me thinking. How do people get into these sports? Where does one discover a talent for riding a bike around a slope-y track, or jumping over a 6m bar using a bendy pole?

The Challenge is this: before the Rio Olympics in 2016, I will try my hand at every London 2012 Olympic sport and I will try these sports at facilities that are local and accessible. Simple!

This blog will be where I post all my successes and failures (and I’m sure there’ll be a few of those!). I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy doing!

Shengsi Island

On the boat to Shengsi Island

Only a few hours from Shanghai, it took me 2 years to discover Shengsi Island. With advice from this city weekend article, and article on CNN and some blogs from a Shanghai bike club we set off!

Getting there took longer than expected… it was golden week and the fast boat tickets had sold out. I’d really advise getting boat tickets in advance if you want to ensure a speedy trip!

Once there, it was a bit tricky to get a taxi, none of the drivers claimed to know where we were going. But eventually we checked in to our guest-house (booked through ctrip) and got down to some good old-fashioned relaxing (and eating of course).

Playing on the beach

Evening, getting ready for lanterns

Technical Issues!

Hi there! If you’ve visited over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed that my blog was suffering severe technical difficulties, all self-inflicted. Thankfully I have now managed to fix these, and I am back online! Happy holidays and here’s to more blogging in 2013.

Social receipt

A shopping receipt with QQ contact information

QQ is just another form of communication, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the QQ information for my local print shop on the bottom of my receipt. I think my reaction comes from the juxtaposition of the digital contact information (QQ number) on the analogue receipt (handwritten). Isn’t it lovely!

QQ isn’t just for chatting with friends any more. What a good way to make sure the printing is on schedule before you leave the house!