Sunday, August 17, 2008

Olympics - Boxing, Women's Volleyball, Swimming & Tennis

Hi everyone! Being in Beijing at the Olympics has been a fantastic experience so far.

We arrived from Xian on Thursday and managed to score last minute tickets to Beach Volleyball and Boxing for Friday. Even though we thought it was going to be really hard to get last minute tickets to anything, it's been amazingly easy. On Saturday we already had tickets to swimming and tennis. All events were just a really great time overall.

There are a few ways to go about getting tickets if you don't have them already:

1. Craigslist - Beijing edition
2. Go to the event early and stand around looking for scalpers. They're there at all the events regardless - but you'll pay at least 3-4 times the original face value ticket price.

Back to the games - from what I've seen so far of the Olympic Green (main area) and the Volleyball & Boxing venues have all been excellent. This comes from my foreigner perspective but it's a very nice surprise to see clean facilities everywhere (especially bathrooms, with soap and toilet paper!) and TONS of Olympic Staff.

Speaking of cleanliness, I have never seen Beijing so clean in my life!!! I hope the government can keep it up.

So far Tennis and Swimming have been the most "impressive", we saw both Michael Phelps and Dana Torres swim yesterday and then saw Federer play in the men's doubles gold medal match.

I've posted some photos below of both events below. I'll post more tomorrow about all the other interesting Olympic sights I've seen so far....

Go USA!!!!!

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