Quick bits …Gold edition

1.  A monkey pooped on Jen this morning. They are small and behave like squirrels. 2.  Jen made fun of this girl on the bus next to her.  At one point Jen said that she loved the fact that no one understood English so she could speak freely.  The woman sitting next to her spoke English. 3.  Our dining experiences are an adventure.  We think we order 1 thing, and something else is delivered. 4. A little boy followed me around a store.  His mother asked me to speak o him in English.  I did and gave him a fist … Continue reading Quick bits …Gold edition

Cam-a-ROON

I began to think that many of the stories from the Olympics and the idea of the Olympic spirit was hyperbole.  But it’s not.  The Olympic Spirit is actually a thing, it exists and it permeates everyone.  On Friday we had tickets for indoor volleyball.  The first match was Serbia versus China and the Serbs were impressive.  The next match was Argentina versus Camaroon; both winless in their first Olympics.   Knowing we had 2 more events and that time was tight, I figured we’d catch a bit of the 1st set then leave.  Then Camaroon entered the arena, exuberant … Continue reading Cam-a-ROON

Quick bits

I really want to tell you about yesterday’s volleyball match between Argentina and Camaroon but we start our day at 7 am and don’t get back to the room until 9 or later.  With spotty internet, it’s taking longer than expected.  But here are the highlights/ observations from today.  1.  I’m pretty sure we made Iranian tv as we stood directly under the Iranian flag during the 94kg men’s weightlifting medal ceremony.  2.  It is challenging to find our way around.  Every street seems like it’s named after a General.   3.  We saw the Olympic cauldron with 300,000 of our … Continue reading Quick bits

Quick bits

1.  The parallel parking here is an art form.  On a steep hill a car can park within inches, front and back, all while driving a stick. 2.  It takes awhile to get from venue to venue, but it’s hassle free.  They are doing an amazing job of keeping people headed in the right direction. 3.  Brazalians do not eat a lot of food in the stands.  Maybe a beer or a coke, but nothing like the US where a person will have nachos, hot dog, pretzel and a beer in one tray. 4.  I ordered a pizza at the … Continue reading Quick bits

Quick bits

1.I’m not seeing a lot of wildlife here and I can’t figure out why. 2.  There are volunteers everywhere.  I spoke with one woman who told me that just 1 restaraunt for the athletes has over 2000 volunteers. 3.  A soda, bag of chips and a hot dog will cost you $10 USD. 4.  I’ve been making one big language mistake.  I thought I’ve been saying “sorry” to people if I accidently bump into them or try to squeeze by.  But I’ve been saying “Listen!” instead.   5.  Today in a long line to buy souveniers, a cash register opened … Continue reading Quick bits

Records and Politics

Today, as a fan of sports, was one that I will not soon forget.  When we bought our tickets, we only had a general idea of the event, not who would be participating.  We wanted to see Phelps in a final but when the scheduled was released we realized that we would only see some heats.  Stilll happy with our tickets, we took a metro train and a bus to the Olympic Park located in Barra.  On the train, I struck up a coversation with Dave and Kathy from Australia. One of the first questions posed was what I thought … Continue reading Records and Politics

First Impressions

As in any first visit, the typical first stop is usually the airport bathroom.  I probably wouldn’t discuss this, but the bathroom at the Rio  de Janiero airport (GIG) was one of the most beautiful and cleanest I’ve ever been in.  Wood panelled walls, shiny clean floors and we may have been the first passengers to ever use this restroom.  I will have to find out if this part of the airport was recently built. Our contact at the irport, Marcello, happily told us what to eat and drink, keeping in line with every Brazalian I’ve ever met.  He also … Continue reading First Impressions

Those moments

Our flight was delayed almost three hours leaving Miami, but the passengers were in high spirits.  USA, Jamaica, and Germany shirts were among the few at the gate.  Half of the Australian track and field team were there also.  The excitement was evident through the unusual boisterous comaraderie shared among everyone.  We all were Olympic bound. Once on board, Jen and I found ourselves seated in the midst of the Aussie’s.  They reminded me of my college sport days of traveling with my teammates.  The eagerness, exhaustion and youthfulness tied together in matching warm ups. Since we were delayed, I … Continue reading Those moments

Brazilian Excitement

I live in an area of South Florida that is considered Little Brazil.  I have many Brazilian clients and work with several people who call Brazil home.  Today, the chatter around the office was all Olympics.  One woman wore her new Rio Olympic t-shirt that she bought on a recent visit to her parents.   I walked into a little market today and the cashier began speaking to me in Portguese, when she caught herself and apologized.  I told her that I didn’t mind and that I was going to Rio.  Her eyes welled up.  She began to Samba in … Continue reading Brazilian Excitement