Learning more about China can be a bit frustrating

Jie Zheng hangs her head in frustrations after losing a point to Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the China Open.

About now is the time when a trip like this gets to be a test. I test of endurance, a test of patience. There are going to be moments for me like this one for  Zheng Jie — total, utter frustration.

I came close this morning when I arrived at the facility and had my two  bottles of Coke Zero confiscated. I’ve come in three times before with them, but today they said “NO!”

Ok, I can deal with that. After all, they have vendors here trying to make money. It’s just the inconsistency that bothers me. One of the students brought in four bottles of soda! Moments like that generally elicit a “WTF?” from me.

But when I got to National Stadium (Diamond Court) there was a new security check point and overnight my route to work was changed. Made all the more frustrating because the guard and I couldn’t communicate with each other. He couldn’t even point me in the right direction of where to go. In the scheme of things, the three other doors I tried wasn’t that bad, but not a good way to start the day.

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