Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen

David Lawrence's personal blog

The sea, at last...


Paradise lost

Today the weather was perfect. It was sunny. It was warm. The waves broke gently against the shore. It was wonderful to see the sea, and stand on soft, white sand.  I almost forgot about my family back in Mongolia, where it is -28°C at the moment.

But I hardly experienced this fabulous weather. I was only on the beach for ten minutes. I stole the time during one of our breaks, and managed nothing more than getting my shoes wet.  I spent most of the day in an airless, window-free room, listening to corporate presentations.

The suffering lasted from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and even included a session on how to have more fun. Without exception, the presentations were incredibly dull. Even my own presentation was boring; the only reason I didn't fall asleep was because I was standing up while delivering it.

I don't understand why we would come all the way to Sanya, on the south China coast, just to be bored to death while staying indoors all day long. We may as well have conducted our poverty-fighting business in a warehouse outside of Ulaanbaatar.