I had met Yuan at Word Alive in 2014. She had heard I was coming to China and, somewhat out of the blue, arranged to meet me for dinner along with Manny. Manny studied at the same time as Yuan in Leicester, and the three of us had gone to Buckingham Palace together in the summer of 2014.
So on returning from the railway station I met Manny to go to the restaurant together, where we had Peking duck again, because I had told Yuan that I enjoyed it.
Yuan had also invited a lady called Nia, who used to work for Friends International.
After the meal, Manny and I went back to Yuan’s home so I could meet her husband and tiny, recently born baby.
I was so happy to meet these two good friends again, and I am grateful for their kindness to me. It was a lovely way to spend my last evening this time in Beijing.
Yuan and Manny: I hope I will be able to see you again soon.