The End of the Olympics

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To say last Friday was a bad day would be an understatement.

We had tickets to see Korea vs Japan in the men’s bronze medal football match in Cardiff.

To make a long story short, after three broken cars and three hours stuck in traffic driving to Wales, we eventually got the hint and gave up, missing the game and eating dinner at a McDonalds roadside service station.

Sadly our dinner was probably the high point of the entire day.

But today more than made up for that horrible Friday.

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Today is the final day of the Olympics and the men’s marathon took place in central London.

Not needing a ticket to watch most of the race, we joined the 1,000s of other fans lining the route and cheered the runners on.

We headed for Big Ben because, well, what a great place to watch the runners from.

It just doesn’t really get more British than Big Ben.

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It was a lot of fun to cheer the runners on, especially the American runner Keflezighi. Can you believe fourth place? Amazing!

And of course, a great excuse for Josh to get to wear his USA t-shirt that I made for him for the Olympics.

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We continued watching the race and walked along the route to St. James Park so Josh could have a bit more room to run around.

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I can’t get over what a wonderful, exciting atmosphere it was.

London just seems so happy at the moment, and why shouldn’t they be after a great Olympics and some great medal results.

Everyone is smiling and friendly and stops to talk to one another.

It’s almost joyous.

I suppose all the flags around people’s necks are good conversation starters, but I really hope that this happiness won’t fade away too quickly.

It really has been a wonderful Olympics and I am so glad we were able to experience it.

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5 responses to “The End of the Olympics

  1. glad you got in some olympic cheer – I like a happy ending

  2. Yay, that’s so nice you’re representing the US as a London resident, woo hoo! Glad that you guys got to enjoy the festivities.

    • Thanks Nina! I’m really glad we got to experience it. I suppose that’s one of the perks of living in the UK. No beautiful, warm beaches but we get to see the Olympics! 🙂

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