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December 07, 2004

The Farewell Banquet

Athens, Greece - International Mathematical Olympiad

The farewell banquet took place at a prestigious golf club in Athens. The organizers have decided to put two teams per table with the leaders sitting elsewhere. Our leader, Dr. Small, insisted that he should sit with the team - yet the organizers denied his request several times. Anyway, we were supposed to sit with the Bulgarians at table number 10. However, when we came to the table, the Bulgarians weren't there. We waited - but then they didn't show up. Then, I noticed them sitting at another table and raised the flag with our table number 10. Much to our surprise, they also raised their flag, also with table number 10. One of the guides remarked to the leader, "Table 10 is the only double table. What are the odds?" After the banquet when I found that guide, I told him, "Its you!" and he replied, "And its you!"

Posted by Oleg Ivrii at December 7, 2004 03:14 PM


Haha, I will check with the bulgarian team :)))

Posted by: Climber at December 15, 2004 04:53 PM

So what did you guys get for dinner?

Posted by: Eric C at December 15, 2004 04:53 PM

Wow, you guys actually had a farewall banquet at a decent place? We had nothing when we went. Some of us ended up eating instant noodles. This is so unfair!!!

Posted by: Richard Peng at December 15, 2004 04:54 PM

Aww... the IOI team got mistreated! =) Probably because between IMO and the Olympics, Athens had no money left.

The Koreans threw a catered outdoor party on campus for the physicists, complete with a temporary stage, TV personalities, rock stars... and a talent show! There was a team member from China singing Chinese opera... well too, might I add!

Posted by: Tout at December 15, 2004 04:54 PM

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