I appear to be in the middle east. People talk funny, where "funny" covers most of the globe. The fencing here is very good, but most of the fencers are Russian and not a lot else. I have no Russian. They train every day for 2 or 3 hours, and a lot of it is very technical, which will probably be very good for me. I'm going for 10 days in a row. I am utterly exhausted.