Aug 6, 2008

Written by Ari Taub

August 5, 2008

I have so many pictures and videos to post but the internet is hard to use here.

China has blocked sites and the connection is really slow. Also, it is amazing how little spare time I have here. The village is huge and we walk everywhere. Anyone who knows me well will know how much that thrills me. My shirt is soaked 10 steps out the door each morning. It doesn’t dry for the rest of the day because it is so humid. The air conditioning in my room is amazing but the bed still feels damp every day. People here live in a perpetual state of dampness.

Murray brought portable speakers for my ipod which I carry around the village with me. It creates quite a stir especially from the Chinese volunteers who go bug eyed. They really like it but my act of defiance/individuality is quite shocking for them. I might have a tough time conforming to Chinese norms.

Wrestling practice yesterday was great. I wrestled standing with Bulgaria and we went at each other 100%. My shoulder felt good. I also had the Romanian freestyle guy try and turn me. He couldn’t do it and my shoulder felt strong. Tomorrow I get to do 2 matches unless slavi thinks better of it at the last minute.

The village is filling up and my favorite place, other than my air conditioned room, is the outdoor pool. It is always busy and it seems that everyone is trying to see who can wear the smallest bathing suit. The guys wear these things that don’t really cover the top of their bum. The girls wear things that are even smaller. I will get pictures and post them as soon as I can.

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