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What a campaign it has been. Australia's paddlers dropping like dominos from the flu, a heat wave in Hungary, up to 40 ,and the best results Australia has ever achieved.
Warren competed in 5 events and won 4 GOLD and 1 SILVER. Boy were the Canadians upset.
They were the world title holders going into the competition and over all they are still so in all other divisions. They were gracious in defeat and ...
... asked me to get some ice for Warren to help keep his temperature down. A simple task you would think! But no, after asking all the stores could I buy some ice, I ended up at the IDBF office, they sent me to first aid.....no ice.....then after about 10 minutes of conversation which I couldn't understand I was told to go back to one of the stores , find a volunteer and he would help me. Well help me he did, not with a cup of ice but ...
The temperature here is very hot and quite draining. Hungarians are lovely people but they haven't discovered yet about the dangers of the sun. They were marshalling the teams an hour before the race and expecting them to stand in 30+ degree heat and got vey upset when the teams kept going to the shade.
It was very well run and went smoothly with the last race being run about 5pm. All in all a good day.
one of the benefits of this hotel ...
... to bed. The result of that is we didn't go to the opening ceremony which is on now. Actually Gary and Allan were told not to go as they both had been unwell. Alan is in stroke with Warren. For you non paddlers that means they are the first paddlers in the boat and the set the pace for the boat. In other words very needed. Of course they will be there tomorrow as the first day is the 2000m races which are on the river Tisza. A hard race but exciting.
Tim, Dad ...
I was going to Romania but not via Szeged. But that's where I am, and tomorrow Romania.
Long story but basically I couldn't find accommodation - well cheap accommodation - in Debrecen, the town in eastern Hungary I was going to cross the border from. So caught a train here instead on the recommendation of the hostel staff. They even booked me two nights in their assoc hostel ...