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Singapore. NUS boulderactive.

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Once in my email I saw the letter which did not leave me other choice as to say "YES". I had to say "yes" to the invitation from far away country Singapore. I was invited, firstly, as a route setter for the competition NUS Boulderactive, and, secondary, as not such a bad climber)) It was nice that the invitation came long before the event and we could plan it inbetween my competitions.

Rustam Gelmanov, Рустам Гельманов

Many emails about coming event, a lot of details. Immediately after the World Cup in Laval I flew to Singapore in anticipation of a tropical climate, where I feel like at home. I was tired after the worldcup I arrived and my expectations came true. Hot and humid, I was sweating after a few meters after I crossed the door of the airport, which separated me from the air conditioner. I know that I'm getting used to the climate quickly, just need to wait a bit.

Guys met hearty welcomed me. Sitting in the car I was sure that now we will go for dinner and then sleep, it was about 6 pm. But I've decided to ask and got stunning response. Yes, as I thought dinner will be right now, but then from 9 pm to 3 am we will set routes. Not showing my surprise like I was expecting such a graphic, I was trying to understand how is it possible that so soon after the worldcup and the flight I had to do something. But perhaps it was on the right moment, I reached a new level of efficiency, from that moment on I only needed food, sleep was no longer so necessary.

Rustam Gelmanov, Рустам Гельманов

The first day was the hardest because we had to set a lot of routes for the finals and there was not much space. Actively thinking and working together, we did not notice that it was 5am already and we all together went for food. Oh, and do not be surprised, you can find any food in the middle of the night in Singapore. Friendly guys gave me the energy that I did not fall asleep while eating))) (just kidding)

Rustam Gelmanov, Рустам ГельмановAfter the first day already I felt that the guys here are very good, all very responsible and know their business. It will be impossible to prepare bad competition. I slept for 4 hours and it was a start of the new day which was practically continuing for two days: many events and only lunches and dinners in the local caterers worth a lot. So many memories with an indescribable emotions. Atmosphere of Asian disorder in this luxurious place simply does not fit in my head. In short, Lamborghini, Ferrari, track for F1, high glass buildings –it  is a very different city in comparison with local places to eat and markets. By the way, nearby places to eat sometimes have a terrible look for Europeans; for example, how satay is prepared in smoke and fire and all this richly flavored with oil.

Week went by like one day, at the same time feels like world cup in Laval was a month ago. I have noticed long ago that eventful life leaves strange dual feeling leaving brain confused.

Guang, a lovely local man, was my assistant. He told me everything he knew about Singapore, and I in return shared my thoughts in the style of "about anything and everything". We had a nice time together and it was sad to say goodbye to him. A lot of positive emotions I got from Guang, unselfishly spending his energy on me.

Rustam Gelmanov, Рустам Гельманов

Guang and me

Competitions went very well, routes were very suitable. I’ve met many potentially strong guys during the trip. They just need someone to whom they could look up to or coach. Then the progress will not take long.

Meeting such organized, friendly and cheerful guys was as a big holiday for a week. Thanks to the organizers who have tried very hard to make this event special and so carefully treated me.

Good luck Singaporeans, now a piece of my soul with you.

I forgot to mention one more thing. The number of autographs I gave was a pleasant surprise for me, probably, it exceeded a few hundred.

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