Sunday, April 04, 2010
Prologue: The Black Knight is always more powerful, now his kingdom includes also China, conquered in only 7 days. At the arrival he found the surrender declaration ready and now a new Country has the pleasure to enjoy the Black Knight justice and wisdom.
The Black Knight (on the right) outside the Forbidden City
The trip: This was a business trip to meet the Authorities of the Municipality of Lianyungang and the Guannan County and some operators who came to visit our city last July. Moreover we spent the night of April 1st and all the next day in Beijung, the capital, where we had the possibility to visit part of the city (the Forbidden City, Tien An Men square, the Olympic Village, the old city and the silk market). It was a successful and interesting trip, the chinese authorities and operators were very friendly and kind with us.
The Great Wall
The training: In both the hotels there were beautiful gyms and pools so I could run 3 times on the treadmills. Of course I was not in the best conditions because of the different time zone (6 hours ahead) so I ran when for my body it was 01.00 a.m. It was very difficult to find the time for the gym: a full schedule by 08.30 a.m. until 11.00 p.m. included formal lunches and dinners, but I don't complaint. Swimming was impossible because the water in the pool was too cold for my standards. However, thanks, to these 3 trainings I will be able to enter the Vivicittà race (12 k) with Sir Giorgio on the next Sunday.
The Black Knight (on the right) during the dinner with the chinese Authorities
Adventure in Beijing: Outside the Forbidden City it was very difficult to catch a taxi to come back to the hotel so we immediately gathered the war council to solve the problem. The wise Black Knight said: "Let's take our time, let's wait, we have all the time to conquer an enemy tank (the taxi)". Some young warriors didn't want to listen to the advice and decided to accept the offer of 3 risciò (bikes for 3 persons: the driver and 2 passengers) drivers. After less than 1 mile the passengers noticed to be on the wrong way and jumped off. A bad quarrel occurred, the drivers pretended 300 yuan x person (1 Euro = 9 yuan = $ 1,30) and when my friends gave them "only" 100 yuan were attacked by those angry persons. During the fight they were so lucky to find one available taxi to come back safe to the hotel. On the contrary the Black Knight and his platoon arrived safe and glorious on a little bus with coach spending only 50 yuan in total. HAVE A GOOD RUNNING EASTER