Citius Altius Fortius

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  1. That is what I meant - I can imagine to go to Tokyo - doing a Japan trip and at the end attending one/two/three events and go back home...
  2. I said before "Rio" that I won't go to another Olympic Games, since it is really expensive - if I go to Tokyo 2020 I would go two weeks to Japan - travel around and finally go to Tokyo to watch the Opening Ceremony and return the next day to Germany...
  3. Still wondering why there was no bicycle - did somebody heard an explanation?
  4. I am in Frankfurt right now - waiting for my flight to Hamburg
  5. I discovered "um mundo novo"... Yes, Rio 2016 was different than London 2012, but that was exactly what I have expected. I don 't want to miss either of these two Olympic experiences. I underestimated the distances between the clusters as well as from my accommodation to the clusters - the transportation wasn't as bad as I read often. Brasil is not the "undeveloped country" in concern of "public transportation". The BRT-system is really good and ran smoothly. The Linha 4 worked very good as well, but I don't want to think about what would have been if it hadn't been finished for the Games. That leads me to some points, which I think were not ideal - I think that the organisers had to focus to finish the venues in time, that there was no time to "finish/implement" other things - for example: - the signages: from the nearest railway station/BRT-station to the venue, how you are able to get from one cluster to the other cluster and where to queue to get into the venue/Olympic Park. (But the signage improved a lot over the time of the games) - the Olympic Park itself had flaws out of the view of an European: there were not enough shade to stand the heat, no areas, where you could rest, to few benches to sit, no entertainment (e.g. why didn't show street artists their art in the park). Another thing what I would have done differently was the "food/beverage voucher- system" - you had to queue twice to get something to drink or to eat. The first time at a cashier to get a voucher for the beverage/food and the next time for the beverage/food itself. When you bought a plastic bottle of beverage the cap of the bottle was not given to you (to prevent trowing of the bottle (although I wonder why they allowed to bring empty plastic bottles with you (with a cap) - you can throw empty bottles, which you filled before also). The booing! Brazilians are used to boo, when they want to support their own athlete or when they feel that one team/one athlete is predominant - the weaker get the support. That is the Brazilian Way, but I think the Brazilians should have been informed by the own NOC or organization team that these behavior can be seen as very rude by other countries, which are not used to this habit - or that in some sports/situation booing is not o.k. at all (like in diving, athletics or at a victory ceremony). I believe that the Brazilians didn't do a favour themselves with this habit. The Opening Ceremony was fantastic - I really enjoyed to be there... The show segments had style - the parade of nations were a bit too long (I loved the little country name signs bicycle (I remember there was one county, which didn't had such bicycle name sign (I think it was one of the Arab Gulf States, but I don't remember which one))). I read somewhere that "The brazilian way is not the Olympic Way" - that is very offensive and I can't signed that, since the Olympic Games are not Games restricted on North America, Europe, Oceania and East-Asia - we should learn that Olympic Games are not always hosted like we would do it.
  6. Yes - I am still in Brasil, but I fly back tomorrow. I want to write my 'over all Report' when I am back in Germany, due wifi problems in my hotel... or maybe tomorrow at the airport
  7. I have huge problems with the wifi here in my hotel in Rio - I will write one when I have an access to a good wifi...
  8. The Olympic stadium - I had a great seat and talked with a guy from the UK, who sat next to me... Entertainment in Maracanazinho between the matches Copacabana Beach
  9. I am o.k. - I had some nice days here, but I am not used to the heat or better said the humidity - the sweat is running down the spine (even when you do nothing...) I got a sore throat and I am "suffering" - the air con is nice, but can have bad effects also...
  10. Well, discussing about if the IOC should have awarded the Games of 2016 to another city is nonsense - it didn't do it for reasons. It wanted to reach new boundaries and it is reaching new boundaries - I as a visitor encounter something new also. I had never been to South America or Brazil before and I didn't expected that I will have the same what I have in normal life in Germany - traveling is about to encounter something new always - otherwise you can stay home... To compare "Rio 2016" with "London 2012" or another Olympic Games is like comparing "apples" with "pears" - you can't do that! I remember that many people said, that they were glad that the London Opening Ceremony was not "as bombastic" like the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony. Maybe there are people around, who love everything "bombastic" - maybe there are people around, who don't want to see something bombastic like the Beijing Opening Ceremony. Both is fine, since everybody can decide on his/her own, if you like something or not. Some people said here that you didn't get something for his/her money at the Rio Opening Ceremony - I enjoyed it and I think it was every single penny worth, which I paid for the Opening Ceremony ticket. What I can say about being in Rio at the Olympics right now is, that there are things which I would do differently, but that is not the question, since we are experiencing Brazilian Olympics - not German, not British, not European, not Asian, nor North-American! I can't speak Portuguese, which has a huge impact on everything - I would face the same problem if the Games are in Paris, since I do not speak French. I am not used to such high temperatures and humidity all day, which wears me out a lot - that is normal for a lot of other countries/regions around the world. I underestimated the distances, which wears me out a lot also - you can't have all venues at one place. One event per day is far too much - two events per day is all over the top - that is very exhausting and you start to skip tickets (which by the way causes empty seats also)
  11. I saw yesterday Volleyball - JPN vs ARG and BRA vs. RUS! The atmosphere in Maracan√£zinho was really amazing - both matches were very good, but the match BRA vs. RUS was one of the best Volleyball matches I ever have seen so far... I had Beach Volleyball tickets today, but we had really bad rain falls therefore I decided to stay at home - I heard later that there were some problems at the Megatore at Copacabana Beach, due the bad weather...
  12. There was one or two at the Olympic Stadium yesterday...
  13. There is an Olympic Boulevard at the coastline in Centro, where is a live zone also - you see everywhere people in "brazilian"colours walking around and visitors from all over the world. Shops are decorated with some "strange" Olympic decorations (in regard of colour of rings and ring order) - well, you can find people everywhere who don't know the Olympic Rings...
  14. Yes, they do, but of course with their means - it's hard to compare "London 2012" and "Rio de Janeiro 2016" - the Olympic Games are totally different here. We have to accept that fact, that South America is different - and they do things just difference! And that is fine! And there are great artists here - look this: