Surprises, Queen's Day, Sanya and more!
30.04.2009 - 05.05.2009 31 °C
Wow what a birthday weekend! I'm tan, relaxed, and a tiny bit tired to be honest. My birthday started off with a surprise office party from my colleagues. So taking a que I decided to start the weekend off right and left work on time - which was a present in itself.
I did a change so quick Batman would be proud and then headed to the Burberry opening here in Beijing. The opening was pretty posh and we walked to white carpet and posed for photographers (HA! too funny I know) not to mention the champagne and new Burberry gift bracelet were very nice touches. Once it was time to move onto the Queen’s Day party we decided to take the fanciest form of transport – cycle rickshaw to the party! And just to class it up a bit we stopped by the Mc. Donald’s and had Big Mac’s on the way!
We arrived at the Queen’s Day party for a night of all things Dutch including my favorite bitterballen! I must admit that the night was not as exciting as we had hoped but we did manage to have a good time, and were all sporting as much orange as we could find and dancing to the best of Dutch party tunes.
Friday morning arrived very early but unlike most Fridays work was not on the agenda; however an early morning flight was taking its place! We arrive in Sanya to rain (for about 3 minutes - but were initially deeply concerned)! The rain was gone and the warm balmy weather engulfed us. Thankfully the weather improved as the weekend wore on and the balmy skies were replaced with sunshine, sunshine, and more sunshine!
We spent the days soaking up the sun, swimming, having cocktails, and overall just relaxing. There isn’t too much of a night life but the Rainbow bar was okay for playing pool and the Sky bar was good for watching Russians at their best. Sanya is to Russians what Mallorca is to the Germans! But we didn’t go for the night life we went for the wonderful days at the beach… and that we had plenty of.
The street food was excellent! The best meal I had street wise was the last one – steamed claims and Tiger beer. I also had a delicious Thai post-birthday birthday-dinner compliments of fellow travel buddies Marc and Emile. Also served up street style was the corn-on-the-cob I love – BBQ style and on most corners – nice a spiced up like I like!
Walking around the market and the streets away from the beach I felt like I was back in S.E. Asia – and it left me longing to grab my backpack and toss my cares into the wind! However I will had to settle for laying on the beach, enjoying the sun, beautiful beaches, and checking out a few nice resort pools… tough life I know!
My travel buddies returned to Beijing on Sunday but I had already planed to stay an extra day. I enjoyed the afternoon with some new friends and as the afternoon faded into the early evening it was pretty amazing floating in the South China Sea looking up at the moon! The weekend was capped off by a (small and highly illegal – don’t worry I was just a fascinated spectator) firework display that was spectacular!
Everything just seemed to fall into place and I flew back yesterday calm, relaxed, and happy – and the smile is still on my newly tanned face today.
And now the pictures all compliments of Marc and Emile - will post my own soon :O)
Sea side lunch
Dacing the night away