Gold medals - China 18, UK 5

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Friday, August 3, 2012


Hope you've all been enjoying the Olympics, trying to keep up with it here although watching it with Chinese commentary isn't quite the same....! Team GB seem to be catching up on the medals table which is great, don't think they'll catch China though! I've particularly enjoyed the mens diving (Andy has earnt lots of 'perving credits' for the future from my enjoyment!), and seen some of the gymnastics which is my favourite. CCTV (China Central TV) has 2 channels on which shows it, but it doesn't seem to be live.

Busy week at work (well, had to be with the boss here!!), he's flying back to Bangkok this afternoon, then back here in 2 weeks. Getting loads of mailshots done this week to teachers coming back from the summer holidays, the International schools start back much earlier here than in the UK. Andy's cases are still progressing well, and he's on another appointment this afternoon - so it's all coming together which is good.

A good networking event on Tuesday at a restaurant near us, we'd met the manager at our first event & had kept in touch so it was nice seeing him again, and will definitely go back for food there another time. Not masses of people there but still some useful contacts.

Weds was quiz night at Paddy's, very busy this week and we realised it was full of teachers coming back from the holidays, got chatting to a few people, an Irish couple who arrived the same day we did & are teaching English.

Capital Club for wine tasting with Ray, and the usual quiz last night - again met some cool people including a Chinese actress who'd worked with Tom Hanks in the past.

Another Birthday card found it's way here, thank you Aunty Sal (shall I make a comment about it usually being late?!?!? No, better not ;)

The weekend is nearly here, a group of us are meeting in town at a fairly new bar called the Brussels Bar, got some good reviews. Off to watch Beijing Guoan play footie tomorrow at the Workers Stadium. Daytime depends on the weather really, had 2 days of solid rain earlier in the week, and more forecast over the weekend.

Having lots of fun still & meeting so many new people, everyone is so keen meet others and get chatting, you don't get that when you're back home really. It's nice for us to be meeting new friends together as a couple, and for Andy as well - having moved to Portsmouth it was a case of meeting my friends & family, and not really getting the chance to meet his own. However..... as fun as it is, we really do miss all our friends & family back home, no matter how many new people we meet, they can never replace the experiences shared with long term friends & family who really know who we are.

Have a great weekend everyone, don't forget to message us, leave a comment on here, or call - we love hearing from you. We've had 3185 views on our blog since we started!

Tracy & Andy

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Sal on

Finally caught up on your blogs after a week of working, day off today, working tomorrow :( Yes the think we all have got Olympic fever over here, hard not to get so involved and cheer on our own medal winning athletes. Think a lot of its to do with the poor summer evenings we are having here. So happy that you are enjoying the life over there you two, sounds so different and I am so proud of you both for giving it a go. Once in a lifetime huh! :-D Oh and Trace, it wasnt intentional that your card arrived the statutory 8 days late (prob more) How was I to know that it would take forever and a day to get to you! You are forgiven for (not) mentioning it in your blog pages ;-) lotsa love to you both xxxx

tracy-andy-pez on

Ha ha.... thought that would get your attention!!!
Thank you for the message, good to get the comments on here. Enjoy your day off xxx

Georgia Bull on

Hi Tracy and Andy! It sounds like you're both having a fab time out there. I'm loving reading your blog posts. :-) I hope you're both well....I went to Marwell the
other day and thought of you guys. :-) Keep blogging!

Georgia. x

Sarah on

Hello from a very gorgeous skiathos.....what a lovely place...with lots of the old world Greece still left! Amazing beaches....tavernas...and the weather....40 degrees most days but thankfully lots of shade. Our hotel has pool and beach ( skiathos princess hotel) so we have been very lucky! Good luck with all these sounds good! Speak soon. Xx

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