One of the best things about this sport is the community. World Championships are a time that I get reunited with people from all around the world that I almost never get to see. Breakfast this morning was a parade of reunions with people I consider good friends even though we only see each other every second year.

A few of my favourite things

A few of my favourite things

Speaking of breakfasts, one does not starve in Belgrade. The food has been great – cheap, tasty and substantial. It leans strongly towards grilled animal, but so do I. Some athletes have expressed concern that their suits may not fit by the time the competition starts. Maybe I should just have a salad tonight?

Today was the official registration, which saw me handing over the biggest wad of cash I’ve ever had to. It looks impressive, but felt painful. It’s not as bad as it looks, but still…

This is what 100,000 dinars looks like

This is what 100,000 dinars looks like

More good news is the pool has started to look blue again! I didn’t train today as I’ve got a small cold (I should be fine by competition day, I think), but those that were there assure me you can see and everything! This should come as a welcome change for Daan, who’s tasked with photography, who arrived today. The prospect of green sea-monsters I don’t think appealed. Luckily, it seems we will be fine.

There’s one more day of official training, where I will get to swim the pool in no-fins configuration for the first time, then we nominate for the first event. The field is very strong, as you can see here, so we’ll see what happens.

Honorary Kiwi with monopoly money

Honorary Kiwi with monopoly money