This past weekend Aya and I celebrated our 6th anniversary and this year it was her year to choose where we would stay or what we would do. She chose wisely and we spent a night in the Kerry Hotel in downtown Beijing. The Kerry is a nice place and Aya got us an executive room. This means a “free” happy hour and small buffet as well as access the the Executive Lounge with a nice view, media, tea cookies, etc. We planned to go for afternoon tea, have a workout/use the pool, get a massage, have some dinner at the hotel and get stinking drunk. Unfortunately, the air in Beijing was apocalyptic when we arrived. Though the hotel must have some sort of filtration system, the air inside was still an “unhealthy” 180aqi.
Long story short, we ended up spending most of our time in our hotel room with the air filter the hotel could provide, playing board games and munching on the snacks the hotel provided. Much to the Kerry’s credit, Aya had told them it was our anniversary and the hotel provided a bottle of wine, nuts, and a nice cake to mark the occasion.
The luxuries of life at our finger tips, but just out of reach, it made me think about how much those things didn’t matter. I had a really great time just spending a night with Aya, playing board games, drinking some scotch, and hitting the hay early. The best things in life are (nearly) free. I can’t believe 6 years have gone by, they have gone so fast. We talked about each year that we have been together and where we were for each anniversary. It took a little doing to figure out all the details. Each year as we do this the minor things will be forgotten, I’m sure. That’s ok. The important things, they don’t get forgotten.