Some bits and pieces from Beijing, China Open

Missouri School of Journalism students at the net of Diamond Court after the final match of the tournament. We were photo bombed by two volunteers (left, in blue.)

Missouri School of Journalism students at the net of Diamond Court after the final match of the tournament. We were photo bombed by two volunteers (left, in blue.)

It’s so good to be home. It took 24 hours from the time we woke up to the time we got to our own homes in Columbia, but we’re home.

There’s an interesting story behind this picture. Actually, not this exact image, but one just like it that we tried to shoot our first day at the venue. More on that later. Today’s post is about showing you some of the bits and pieces of the trip. It’s not about photography, it’s not about tennis. It’s about being in Beijing.

I generally don’t do “vacation photos” because I take pictures for a living, so on vacation the last thing I want to do is work some more. But when I take a trip like this one, lots of you want to know what it’s like, so I take some pictures to answer questions you might have about a place like Beijing.


So here’s the story behind our group photo:
This was the second time we shot this photo on Diamond Court. The first time was on our first day at the venue. We were touring the place and we walked out onto the court to see it and take our picture there. One of our team members was goofing around, doing their own celebratory act on the court and left a black mark on the court. We were concerned but didn’t think much about it, assuming someone would now have to clean it off, which we felt bad about.

About half an hour later we were called back to Diamond Court. We were met by our boss, who said, “You broke the court!” She was livid and chewed out the student who did it. We just got there and we were already in trouble. She couldn’t understand why we would even have been out on the court. I tried to explain to her that in America, if we have a chance to go somewhere no one else can go, we go there!

“But it’s the court,” she said. “Why did you go out there?”

“Because it’s the court,” I said.

“But it’s the court, it’s special,” she said.

It was clear to me that our different perspectives on this were never going to offer an explanation to her.

Thankfully, we were able to work through and past this little incident, and the 10 days of the tournament went well.

Then, the day before the last day our boss tells me to make sure we stay around after the last match Sunday so that we could have our picture taken on Diamond Court.

WHAT??!?!?

Yes, after all that happened for being on the court before the tournament now didn’t matter. As it turns out, after the tournament, they have a freakin’ party on the court to celebrate the end. Go figure.

I’m just glad it all ended well, and we have a picture of our team on Diamond Court.

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One response to “Some bits and pieces from Beijing, China Open

  1. Pingback: One last post from Beijing: Summer Palace | Learning as I go

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