Shake Your Hips.

I think that I’ve blogged quite enough about Shanghai’s Olympic soccer matches, so – barring something really interesting happening at tomorrow’s men’s semi – this will be the last. And we’re going out with a bang. Here’s the background: Last year, Germany blanked the far more entertaining Brazilians, 2-0, in the Women’s World Cup final.…

All Bets Are Off

Regular readers of this blog know that earlier this week I spent a couple of days in Hong Kong at the Olympic equestrian events. The Atlantic has just posted my dispatch from that trip, “All Bets Are Off,” along with a few photos. And for those of you feeling Olympic fatigue, but still in need…

Chinese Security Begets Shanghai Hospitality.

Last month, in advance of the Olympics, the Chinese civil aviation authorities implemented many of the same (sometimes silly) post-9/11 airport security restrictions that have plagued US travelers for nearly six years. Among these is a ban on cigarette lighters enforced at the security check. US fliers will be familiar with the routine: arrive at…

Hot Dogs and Marching Bands: Images from HK’s Olympics

As promised, some additional photos and commentary from Hong Kong’s Olympic equestrian venue in Shatin. Overall, it’s a lovely venue, and the events – based upon one night’s sample – are extremely well-run and organized. I haven’t yet been up to Beijing, but compared to the soccer matches at Shanghai Stadium, the Hong Kong equestrian…

Equestrian Goes Late

It’s 2:20 AM as I write this in Hong Kong, and I’m just back to my hotel. Equestrian went until 12:30 AM, not including the medal ceremonies and victory laps. I’ll have much, much more to say about the venue, the facility, the superior food concessions, the free gifts for spectators, and the impressive logistics.…