I went to Athens in Greece on September 11th and stayed there until
I took part in the wheelchair tennis tournament in the 2004
There are 3 divisions in the tournament, Men's, Women's and Quad.
I belonged to the Quad division.
I stayed in the Olympic village. It's a big village.
The buses were running all over the village.
There were some stores, a barber, a book store, a flower shop,
a bank, a camera shop, cafes, an internet room, and official goods
We could always use a computer and connect with the internet for free.
One of my friends got a haircut at the barber. It was free.
But his wife didn't like his haircut.
We went to the official goods store and bought some goods.
A T-shirt was 26 Euro. I thought it was very expensive.
There was a big restaurant opening 24 hours.
We often went there at midnight. We were able to eat for free.
There were many kinds of foods there, pizza, pasta, meat, fruit,
rice, bread, and some drink.
I tried some dishes I had never eaten everyday. But they were not delicious.
There was McDonald's there. Everything was free.
I ate hamburgers there everyday, so I don't want to eat hamburgers at
McDonald's any more.
We stayed in an apartment in the village.
There were 4 twin rooms, 2 bathrooms and 1 living room..
It didn't have any TV, refrigerator, washing machine and kitchen.
We rent a TV set. It cost 70,000yen. I thought it's very expensive, but
we needed one. Because we wanted to watch many sports throughout the
Everyday, we got excited watching great games.
There was a dry-cleaner's faraway, so I went there only one time. It was very
I had to wash my clothes in a bathroom.
The weather was very good. The high was 30 degrees Celsius.
It was cool in the shade. The wind sometimes blew.
I often opened the window and took a nap in the daytime.
It was very comfortable.
We went sightseeing.
Three trains are running in the city. They are called Metoro.
All stations have an elevator for a wheelchair.
We could got on Metoro easily. The fare was free for disabled passengers.
There is a toilet for wheelchairs in each station.
But there weren't any signs for them and the door was always locked.
We had to always ask a station staff to unlock it. I thought this system was not
Anyway, I really enjoyed the Palalympics.