RIO, Brazil (WCMH) — Japanese journalists love beer. LOVE it.
THAT is a hot lead. Allow me to explain.
After finishing our first day yesterday we hopped on a bus and took the 25 minute ride back to the media village. So far the bus system here is working very well–on time and efficient.
The hotel staff here is extremely friendly and you can tell they’ve worked hard on hospitality skills and English training. When we walked into the lobby one of the staffers escorted us up to our room to show us how the new wifi works. In the process he says “Did you find any beer?” I laughed and said what do you mean. He told us the hotel store, open 24 hours, had been sold out of beer since that morning. He added that Japanese journalists staying here had commandeered some luggage racks and bought every beer the store had in minutes–then hustled the beer across the courtyard on a rack. Aggressive… But respect-worthy.
So our first cultural lesson of the Olympics: Japanese journalists love beer. Hooray beer.
And btw, we learned the Brazilian version of a tall Bud Light, “Skol,” will set you back about 12 reals. That’s about $3.69 in the USA. Apparently if we can find one of these they may become valuable around the village, like an Olympic pin. Beer of course being a goodwill, universal language around here.
Anyway, enough about beer.
With four days to the Opening Ceremony many athletes are either making their way here or will be traveling here today and tomorrow. Today we’ll head to a news conference with USA women’s volleyball and get out into the Olympic Park to shoot video of some of the venues. Can’t wait.