Back from vacation and no time to slowly settle back into the swing of things. Getting thrown back into it is kind of good, because then you don’t have time to feel the vacation withdrawal ;)
Anyways, it was a long three weeks of excitement and relaxation in Asia. It’s hard to even know where to begin! I guess I could begin at … the beginning …
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First Stop: Hong Kong, China
The first week of my vacation was dedicated to watching the Hong Kong Dragonboat Carnival races. I was there to support two teams from Canada who had been working hard for two years to bring back some gold.
This was the granddaddy of all races. The culmination of so many practices, sacrificing late nights out, beer, and time with loved ones, and of other races that had gotten these teams here to the worlds. This was what it had all been for.
Unfortunately, this dragonboat festival was so riddled with unnecessary delays, an inappropriate race course, cheating, and boats crashing into other teams’ boats, that in the end, it seemed like for many paddlers these world championship races had turned into something of a circus.
As a spectator, it was pretty hard to watch.
Throughout all of the tears, anger and frustration that I witnessed, one thing really stuck in my mind. Continue reading