Ben-IMG_2016-sm.jpgHere are some pictures from the Olympic Green – taken on Sunday, when the skies were blue. We’ll see how it goes come Friday for the big day!

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Just as the reports say, security here is very tight. For example, the campus where I’m living is closed to all non-staffers and foreign students until after the Olympics. Also all the private residential compounds around school that are normally open to walk through are now closed to non-residents.

On Friday for the Opening Ceremony, some roads will be shut down as preventative measures. Also, most non-hospitality businesses are closing early so everyone can get home to watch the big event. There are lots of major parties planned that night, too.

Ben-IMG_2004-sm.jpg The photo at right is looking at the National Aquatic Center through one of the security checkpoints-the speed bumps are actually cameras that look under each car that enters the Olympic Green. Also, until after the Olympics only ticketed and accredited people can enter the park.