Independent voices from the TWT Communities
For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they arrive on the Brazilian sands of Ipanema Beach in four years.
"For a few minutes I was picturing myself in the Rio carnival," said Carbajo, a 26-year-old Spaniard who has lived in London for nearly two years. "As soon as I got to the Earls Court area, I was overwhelmed and excited by the Brazilians. They created the proper atmosphere, and they are so passionate. Many of them were wearing the logo for 2016 on oversized hats. They are preparing for the Olympics in Rio."