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Hey Gamesbidders, I will fly to Rio tomorrow for my second Olympic Games in person. After London 2012 I decided very fast, that I want to go to the next Games also. Of course I am aware that the

Hello from a jet-lagged CAF... I arrived in Rio yesterday after a smooth flight - it was 3:20 a.m. and the airport was empty: no queues anywhere in sight. The luggage pick up was quick

This Opening Ceremony was amazing! I really love it - the Brazilian did a wonderful job! It was colourful, happy but also reflective! I haven't read your comments and evaluations yet - I just can s

10 hours ago, Citius Altius Fortius said:

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...

and that's cold for many here... :) 

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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.

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1 hour ago, Citius Altius Fortius said:



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))).

 

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19 minutes ago, reindeer said:

I don't know what he has said about Tokyo before but I'd be curious to know if CAF is planning on going there in 2020. Like I said earlier, there can't be bigger contrast than between London-Rio-Tokyo.

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...

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Of course attending Olympic Games isn't cheap especially far from home but seeing only a couple events doesn't have to break the bank. For me the biggest obstacle apart from the money would be Japan's hot and humid monsoon season which I don't find ideal for travelling to the country.

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