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Comments on: One Walked Around The Bird’s Nest http://stevenwong.ca/one-walked-around-the-birds-nest/ An adventure through the eyes of a restless nomad. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:10:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.3.1 By: Jason http://stevenwong.ca/one-walked-around-the-birds-nest/comment-page-1/#comment-38 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:10:00 +0000 http://stevenwong.ca/?p=232#comment-38 Just read your previous post. What, now I have to answer a quiz to get the postcard? Doesn’t the quality of my comment speak for itself?

Ok, here’s a go at it:
Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, German, English, and assuredly French. Oh, and also the language of Football, as I discovered in Istanbul when you carried on at LEAST a half hour conversation with some older Turkish gentlemen, thereby befriending them and getting an insider recommendation for a good hamam.
I’m not counting Turkish or Italian, because I think you need to know more than just names of food to be calling yourself a “beginner”.

By: Jason http://stevenwong.ca/one-walked-around-the-birds-nest/comment-page-1/#comment-37 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:58:46 +0000 http://stevenwong.ca/?p=232#comment-37 Yes, the refreshment stands were pathetic during the Games. Not only in the Bird’s Nest, but also at other venues. Some crafty businessmen must have secured the catering license for the whole show and decided to “be different” and move away from the world class standard that the rest of the Games clearly exhibited.

Even the squat toilets were impressive, with automatic foam coming out to obscure your business and block the smell from spreading out. Who would’ve thought that a squat toilet could be modernized!