Beijing Olympics

I have to confess that we Arnold and I have been watching A LOT of Olympics. It's so addicting and has totally thrown off our schedule, we stay up till 2 am watching new sports everyday. In Atlanta I would come back from my conference to find Arnold still in bed at 11 am watching volley ball. And I blame all of this on China. The entire time we were in China was like a three-week commercial for the Olympics. In fact, the whole time we were in China there was a ban on non-Olympic related advertising so every single advertisement we saw was for the Olympics. I think we were pretty much already brainwashed into reacting to everything Olympic like Pavlovian dogs even before we saw the kick-ass opening ceremonies. All, joking aside though, it helped us to understand that the Olympics is very important to many people in China, many of whom have made a lot of sacrifices to get their city ready for these events. Personally I think that when we look back, the Beijing Olympics will be seen as the marker of when China officially re-emerged as a dominant world power. It feels pretty cool to have been there right before these sure-to-be-historic games.

Posted on August 16, 2008 and filed under Adventures in the World.