London 2012 is... finally here! With less than 24 hours to go before the opening ceremony, I am really excited and have lots of plans to make the most of living in this amazing city, while The Olympics are on. I haven't really ever been much of a sports-fan, but as I get older, I realise how much more there is to sporting competitions and tournaments like this, than just a pure love of a sport. Over the last few weeks, and particularly this week, the atmosphere has changed, I think, with more and more Londoners getting into the spirit. I have had an amazing week, which started with watching the technical rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony on Monday. It was just incredible! Tomorrow the whole world will be able to watch it on their screens, and I can't wait to see it televised. I am planning to watch the opening ceremony concert on the big screens in Victoria Park, with a picnic dinner, before the main event at 9.00pm BST.
The Action for Happiness Campaign says:
...and so I thought I would share some of the ways I have enjoyed the run-up to The Olympics, in my home city of London, and the other Olympic-related activities I am looking forward to.
Yesterday the Olympic Torch Relay came to my neck of the woods, and I went to see it. I was amazed at the numbers of people who had come along, and it was great to soak up the party atmosphere. The torch bearer I saw must have run past very quickly, because I couldn't get a photo!
The person in my house who does love sport is my husband, and as soon as he had the chance to, he signed up to be an Olympic volunteer. Here is his uniform, all ready for the next two weeks.
The photos below were taken just before I went into the Olympic Stadium for the rehearsal of the opening ceremony...
Once inside the Olympic Stadium, I expected to have our cameras taken away, or at least for us to be requested not to take photos, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone was taking photos, and even video, but we were just asked to #savethesurprise. It was clever to invent such a hashtag (which started trending on Twitter staight away). Because of the way the words were phrased, most people have respected the wishes of the organisers and kept the surprise - which is why I haven't posted any photos of the ceremony here!
This is how the stadium looked after I left...
I am really looking forward to spending a day at the Olympic Park during the Paralympic Games (In August), as well as attending a few different paralympic events.
Here are a few more photos from my evening there:
And finally I am doing my little bit, by bringing the spirit of the Games to little people in Enfield, with my Relax Kids Olympic-themed classes. You can find out more about enrolling your child in my classes here.
What are you looking forward to? Drop me a line, or leave me a comment. I read them all and always respond!