Sino-Sunday #20

In this photo series, I present snapshots of experiences from my two years in China, including many previously unpublished photos.
On a Sunday, of course.

sino sunday

#20 – 6th December 2011

We got a free gym membership in Ordos for being foreigners. Just one of the many weird and wacky things that happened to us in such an expat free city. We were in a bar one evening and a guy approached us and asked if we’d come to his gym and that was it!

The membership was apparently worth about 7000RMB (£700) a year… wow. It was a fairly good gym and I did actually use it. It was the first time I’d ever been to a gym too so a novelty for me and I was motivated by it. I used to wake up fairly early on my days off, so I would make use of the day by heading straight to the gym for a workout, have a shower there then return home to enjoy the rest of my day. It worked really well for me.

If you didn’t know already, I get really excited by the smallest of things, so no surprise of my excitement when I stumbled across this guy one day. Someone had made him just to the right of the gym entrance steps and I thought it really cool that they’d tried to dress him too!

  China snowman

Have you ever been to the gym in a foreign country?

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. Hahahaha I hate the gym in any country, and I went in Iran with some guys who I befriended in a restaurant. We walked in, and there were heaps of uber-muscle types lifting gargantuan weights, and I knew I was in the wrong place. I think my new friends quickly realised that too, because after about 10 minutes we left and went for ice cream (which was much more up my alley).

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    • I loved this story! Ice cream is slightly more up my alley too, though coffee would have been more preferable 😉

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