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Aug. 6th, 2012

We did get up a little earlier on Wednesday (the 11th), not early enough for the hotel breakfast --- or to use the laundromat almost across the street to do laundry, which we could have used --- but early enough that we did get to a sports bar (based on the TVs) for some pancakes (based on the menu) which were roughly the size of manhole covers (based on only slight exaggeration) and thickness of a sheet of paper (only slight understatement) and delicious (more understatement). And we set out to take care of a few things.

What animals did we not see? What movies did we not watch? What movie could we not have watched even if we wanted to, which we did not? And what strange meat-based substance was on offer at dinner? The answers, as ever, may surprise you.  )

But the ship was to arrive at Newcastle at 9 am, and we had to get to sleep in time to get up and shower and change and all that; it'd be challenging enough considering the wake-up call was to be at 8:30 (when would we find time? --- and if you're sharp you maybe already spotted how we could). So we got to our modest beds when it wasn't really dark out, and also missed the third movie of the night.

Trivia: Spain's athletes won 22 medals (13 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze) in the 1992 Barcelona Games. In Spain's entire history of Olympic participation prior to 1992 it had won a total of 26 medals, four of them gold. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: Continuum 4, Editor Roger Elwood.


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