Just kidding. It's not. But it feels that way because it's August and much of Europe goes on vacation for the month. Not many restaurants are open and most stores are closed. This is probably a good thing as if the shops were open, this girl would be shopping.
I mastered the transit system today and did some sightseeing. (See architectural photos as predicted.) Then, I headed to the Balmont Stadium and watched our team battle it out in the 200m finals.
Europeans are winning most of the races -- Britain, France, Spain, Ireland, and so on. They are out in full force and hard to beat. I see a strong show by Australia, too. This tells me anything can happen on competition day. Focus and jump your best.
I was also able to watch the men's 45+ high jump to see how they will run my event on Wednesday. I was especially curious because the WMA has been playing loud music during the races. Think "soundtrack for sports competition." Star Wars for the competitors introductions, I even heard "Highway to Hell" during one of the 800s!
Since the high jump is an event that requires about an hour and a half of focus and concentration while you jump, I thought there was no way they'd be blasting it during the high jump. I'd be wrong.
I sure hope I like the music that will be coming out of those speakers on Wednesday!
Julia Curran-Villarreal is a three-time USA W55 national masters high jump champion. After a 35-year break from her favorite high school sport of track & field, Julia returned to competition in 2013 at the age of 53. Follow her journey on @juliajumping on Instagram and @juliacurran on Twitter.