Friday, August 15, 2008


I've got to admit it. I'm bedazzled by Beijing.

I have always been intrigued by China but now I'm even more so. I want to see the Great Wall. Walk in the marketplace. See the Square for myself. I would love to taste the vegetables (hold the fried scorpion, please!) and see how they're grown.

I'd especially like to learn to speak Chinese. I've considered the language in the past but it's seemed such a daunting task. But I saw a taxi driver on a news segment who learned to speak English mostly through determination, practice and exposure in preparation for the Olympic games. The man's example inspires me. Maybe I could learn to speak Chinese someday. Who knows? Maybe it'll come easily. (Yeah, and pigs might fly, too...)

What about you? Are you enjoying the Olympic games? And are you getting as big a charge as I am out of getting glimpses of China and its citizens?

This Olympic experience is even more special because my dad is staying with us. I remember watching the games with him when I was a little girl. Now we get to watch them as adults. It doesn't get much better than that.

I hope you're enjoying the experience at your house, too. So...anyone up for learning a new language? Hmm? I need a study partner! :)


Dru said...

I'm enjoying the Olympics and love seeing the support the team is giving their members. The women's gymnastic all-round was awesome.

I do like seeing the glimpse of China and I would love to walk the Wall.

Sarita Leone said...

You're right, Dru--the supportiveness is wonderful to watch. I love seeing athletes cheer each other on...and the world cheering each of them. :)

margaret blake said...

I catch it now and again but don't sit and watch it all.I do get carried away with some of it though.

I have lots of friends who have been to China and enjoyed it. It is not a place I want to visit - I would love to visit Singapore, I was at the airport there once and that was marvellous, I guess the country is even better.


Debbie Wallace said...

Sorry Sarita, if I was going to learn a new language it would be Spanish or Creole because I think it would come in more handy here in Florida:)

I've only caught bits and pieces of the Olympics. I know Michael Phelps has won 8 medals and is now a multi-millionaire. He's set for life but has earned it. It's great that you can share it with your dad.