Picnics feel like such an antiquated activity and what a shame that is too because it's such a wonderful community building activity. After a quick discussion yesterday we had only a few hours to plan for a day out in the smoggy sunshine. What started as a small idea slowly began to gain momentum as the venue went from down the road to a beautifully manicured garden and only a handful of people to a bus load.
With a shopping list in hand, the Bruchez family split into different directions to obtain all we needed for the picnic. Going to the shops with Louis meant I finally got a chance to ride on a scooter in China. With knees up high, sitting on the back, I left my life in Louis hands. After a few girly screams we safely made it to the shops and back with a bunch of goodies for the picnic.
The next day, after we had all piled into our ride with bags upon bags of food, our bus turned off the main road into the not so well known government owned park as we all ooohed and ahhhhed in unison as we went from dirty, traffic ridden China to manicured garden, with a large lake and statues.
Finding a spot on the grass (A big no no in China) we had the whole place to ourselves, but surprisingly it wasn't long before some official park people came and we were told that we were not allowed on the grass. Whooops. Thankfully we were only given a warning, though we did feel alittle bad for crushing the grass.
After eating like crazy, playing games, having photos and going for a long walk around the lake it was time to go. But perhaps the best part of the outing was witnessing so many smiling faces. It's obviously been some time since us 'adults' have enjoyed each others company in the great outdoors.
P.S I've put some pics up from my trip so pls feel free to check out latest pics.
P.P.S I better head to bed so I can farewell the WYD participants here at 6am. I made a promise to Max i'd see them off otherwise I have to come back to Beijing with a bag full of presents haha
P.P.P.S Thank you to everyone who helped make today's picnic a success, from planning, cooking, purchasing of food and most importantly the company (you all know who you are )