In Osinski, we switched our housing situation and we moved to a very small hotel. While it is clean, it is much different than anything anyone has stayed in before. We are in a poor part of the world so it is what one might expect. They all handled it well and it’s also a great learning experience.
After breakfast on Sunday the team went to see the Russian Orthodox Church and hear part of the service. The church is extremely beautiful which makes it sticks out from what the rest of the city is like.
The guys had two good workouts on Sunday. In between the sessions they went swimming at the river.
Today (Monday) the team had a morning training session. After practice the team was invited by a local businessman/politician to have lunch at his factory in Kaltane.
We had a second workout tonight. Some of the middleweight guys got a great workout with a few wrestlers who have placed in the past at the Russian national championships. The Russian club coach taught a little bit of technique and it was solid workout.
Tonight was spent relaxing and walking to the city center to go the market. The weather here has been very hot and humid which has made the guys lose some weight.
The hosts in Osinski have been awesome; they have treated us great. The clubs feature athlete was the Olympic bronze medalist in the women’s division at the Beijing Olympics.
Since we are in a much bigger city, the people are not as friendly as they were in Bachatski. There have been no requests for pictures.
On Tuesday there will be a morning training session and then a dual competition at night. Following the match, we will jump on a bus for an eight hour bus ride to the city of Berdsk.