Wednesday, September 3, 2008


What can I say, this place is incredible. Everything about it. I don't even know where to begin other than I thought this place was pretty cool when I saw it on TV. It didn't do it justice as everything is just awesome. I feel as though I have to pinch myself to remind me that I'm not dreaming and that I am actualy here. Here in Beijing.

We got here yesterday and as we flew in you could see the organized and structured building structures and it all looks so neat. As we drove out of the airport we passed these thousands of perfectly spaced planted trees. Everything is so clean. Even the highway was spotless. We got to the village and it feels like we are in a resort. Everything from the rooms, the landscaping, the volunteers that jump up to do anything and everything you'd ever need, the food, it's all fantastic. Our rooms have 6 people in tham, 2 to a room with 2 bathrooms. I really enjoy my suitemates. For practices we have about a 5 min. walk to the bus terminal where we have about a 10 min ride to the pool. Our practice times vary depending on the day but we are still going twice a day but doing very very little in the second workout. We are trying to get adjusted to the prelim/ final schedule.
The dining hall here is absolutely enormous. It has any type of food you could imagine. Really, think of anything and I bet they have it. I don't know how many people it seats but probably 5,000 or so. It's huge.

This morning we practiced at the water polo pool and to get there we drove a little further so we got to see a bit more of the city. At 6:30am there were people out flying kites on these things that would be parks if they had grass but they are concrete. People out riding their bikes which are everywhere, doing Tai- chi. We drove past this really cool totem pole and cool thatched houses. And it's all SO clean.

The water cube left me speechless. Seeing it from the outside is one thing but walking in and seeing where we will swim the biggest reaces of our lives brought tears to my eyes. It is incredible. We swim in the competition pool for the first time tomorrow. There is a practice pool too which we have swam in a few times which feels fast. I bet the competition one is even better...

The big thing here is pin trading. I had no idea this went on but it's like wildfire. We got about 15 pins each to trade and I wish we had 100's of them. Everyone wants the pins from every other country. It's fun and I gladly take part in it.

I have taken many pictures but due to the super strict blogging guidelines I'm not going to post any. It was recommended that we do that to be on the safe side. I can, however, e-mail pictures which I will do in the next day or two to all of you on my long e-mail list that get e-mails from Dick or I some times.

Dick and my family and friends get here on Friday. I am really looking forward to seeing them. Even though it will be a wave from the stands, I'm excited.

As usual, it's time for me to go to bed now. I didn't get much sleep last night and I felt it today so hoepfully I can sleep better tonight.

Good night!


Baby Landwehr said...

Good Luck Melissa,
We were so excited that you made it to Beijing! Have fun, you've earned it...
Go Buffs!
Kristin and John Landwehr
Austin, TX

Sara said...

hi melissa! i don't know if you remember me from amanda's wedding, but i'm good friends with her from college and have been following your journey to beijing through her! i'm cheering for you! would love to be on your email list, if you have an opportunity to add me! sara at briarscreek dot com

Ann&Bob said...

Sweet Dreams.....

Stephanie said...

We wish you luck and blessings! We love you and can't wait to see photos! Have so much fun! GOOD LUCK and ENJOY!!!
Love you, Steph

"charlie" said...

Good luck Melissa!!

We're excited to read about your time in Beijing. See you back at Schreck & Siress after the Olympics.

Norma & "Charlie"

Janice said...

Hi there! I'm an American living in Beijing. I've been watching your blog, and I wanted to say "Welcome to Beijing!"

That totem pole/thatched roof was part of the ethnic minorities park. China has over fifty minorities, each with their own culture/language/customs. Pretty interesting stuff.

I wanted to go watch you swim, as I live right by the water cube, but my schedule is all screwed up. Alas! But I am cheering you on from the comfort of my home!

Jia you!