DS left this morning for a five day training camp before they head to Rio on Friday. He was in good spirits and not super concerned yet. At the training camp, he does have to take 2 full practice IMOs created from last year's shortlist, so 18 hours of exams in 4 days. The NZ team will face jet lag so they will be leaving a couple of days early to acclimate. The parents were not sure this would be enough time, but the organizers were particularly worried about safety in Rio, and I can't really blame them. DH offered to put a 'gunshots in Rio' App on my phone. Yeah, right. Think not.
The packing situation was something special. Not only did he have to pack for a week of winter in Auckland (including a rain jacket and down vest), he had to pack for summer in Rio (including his team uniform). Then ds heads straight to the USA to spend a week at a lake (so swim gear) and a week touring universities (so business casual). Added to this, his grandfather died (not unexpectedly) so he has to bring funeral clothes. All this in a carry-on suitcase and small backpack. Did I mention the math books? It was quite something. We also got him every single pill known to man for gastro upset or nasal congestion, in case he gets sick before/during the IMO. And the final thing to go in his suitcase is a kilo of souvenirs to pass out to all the other kids there. To save space, we did some double ups with the uniform and funeral clothes, and I'm taking the business casual and beach attire with me, but all in all, it took the cake for the most difficult pack I've ever done. It felt a bit like yesterday, and I needed to . We then left a bit late for the airport this morning, and got there with only 40 minutes to get the bag checked and ds through security and on the plane. And then he told me that he forgot to eat breakfast, so we had to stand in line to buy food, and then he reminded me that I forgot to buy the host family a present, so I had to go find something at the little store. But it is done. He is gone for 2 weeks of adventure and math exams. What a lovely combination
Ruth in NZ
Edited by lewelma, 09 July 2017 - 11:23 PM.