Well, I don’t know if you are aware, but we have a small sporting event happening here in London at the moment. It’s called the Olympics and it happens every 4 years. It’s pretty bad ass. There’s a large array of athletes. Like this girl, Ai Fukuhara who has the weirdest table tennis serve in the world.
No wonder no one can beat her. I’d be totally distracted.
I’ve been so wrapped up in everything Olympics for the last couple weeks, I haven’t sat down to let it all sink in and reflect. But here I am now. I’m waiting for the evening swimming events to start in about a half hour, so I figured I’d write a few words. So basically all of this is amaze balls. It’s a different feeling in the air now. It’s great. It’s everything I thought it’d be and more. I’ve been glued to the BBC website watching videos since Wednesday when the women’s football started. And the opening ceremony, although starting way too late, was great and totally quirky. What was that NHS stuff about? But I liked Mary Poppins, James Bond, the Queen, Voldemort and even Dizzie Rascal. The best bit was the corgis. Especially the fat one.
Last weekend the bad weather finally broke and I happened to leave my bike at work. So on Saturday I picked up my bike and went for a tour of the city. Even the week before the olympics, there was a lot happening. I stopped first in Blackheath and then went up to Greenwich. It was extra busy as the torch relay had happened earlier in the day. The most surprising bit was the military presence everywhere I looked. The surface to ground missile post was a bit too much for me. There are 6 of these posts around east London and have been pretty controversial as one is located in a residential/housing estate site. Not really, in my opinion, a thing that says “Welcome to London.” But I guess a high level of security was to be expected at the games.
From there I rode up the Thames Path into the city. I even managed a quick stop at Kernel Brewery to pick up a few beers. Dang, they make good beer. Speaking of good beer, I’m scheduled to go to the Great British Beer Festival in a week and a half. I will be intoxicated as Deschutes Brewery will be serving up a few of their delicious beers. Hopefully I can take some home to saver for a bit of time.
Yeah, so Olympics, olympics olympics. Tomorrow night I go to my first of five events, Women’s Epee Fencing. Neat times. And next week I’ll be off of work which I will be savoring. I haven’t had time off from work which hasn’t been mega stressful showing people around the city. Not that I am complaining about visitors in any way. It’s just usually involves a lot of trains, seeing the usual sites when I’d rather be cycling and going to pubs. So it will be a fantastic change of pace.
Life is good in London in the summer of 2012, that’s all I can say. Swimming is about to start, so I must be on my way. I’ll post some pictures of the olympics next weekend. Take care everyone!