August 13, 2012
I'm returning to work today after a week in London to see the sites, including the Olympics. Over a year ago, my college student suggested we plan this trip. Not very optimistic, I told her, "If you can manage to get tickets to the Olympics, we will go." After serious time spent researching and waiting for 9am ticket releases, she got them! Having the time and ability to keep up with the ticket lottery requirements, she secured reasonably priced seats to some awesome events. To add the cherry on top, we were prepared with airline frequent flier miles and the use of a friend's flat in London to seal the deal. (More details to follow in this weeks columns). Getting back to work always has inquiries, especially after a trip like this. Therefore, I'm putting this open letter on my desk along with a couple boxes of Cadbury chocolates. If you need me, I'll be in a production studio.
I am so happy to be back from a truly memorable trip to London to see the Olympic Games. I hope to connect with you personally this week, until then this might answer you questions:
This was my first trip to London and it was fantastic. This city did an amazing job hosting these games. An answer to any question, be it about directions, currency exchange, restaurant recommendations, etc. could be found on most street corners by a pink vested tourism professional who wanted to assist with anything.
London is much larger than New York City, with a more proper culture. My first stop was to the Tower Bridge of London where the Olympic Rings hung in the middle. It was just a day ago I had seen them on television; to walk underneath them surrounded by people from every country was surreal. This was the best part of the trip, wherever I went I was surrounded by a potpourri of people from all over the world; tourists, athletes, broadcasters, commoners. I stood next to two women from Russia's track team while gazing at Westminster Abbey, and rode the tube back from a boxing medal event with a woman from Norway who just watched her country win a gold medal in hand ball. Everywhere I went I was an American, not a radio personality, or a New Yorker, or even a mom, I was a citizen of the USA. And I'm not generalizing when I say everyone spoke to everyone at any opportunity, even with the language barriers, to learn more about where other visitors were from.
The spirit of these Olympic games was festive, peaceful and fun. There was security at the entrance to all games. I went to Boxing and Tae Kwon Do medal events at the Excel Center. My oldest daughter went to Wembley Stadium and watched the US Women's soccer team beat out Japan for the gold medal. She did not have a ticket to this prior, we simply went to Wembley and bought one from someone looking to sell their ticket because they thought Brazil would be in the final. She paid face value for this once in a lifetime experience. There were no scalpers and tickets were easier to get than you might think and all seats were good. The food served at all venues leaned healthy and British with lots of sandwiches, fresh fruit and pasties. Nothing was over-priced. A bottle of water cost one pound, or about one dollars and thirty cents. I did all the sightseeing possible: Buckingham Palace, saw the changing of the guard, Big Ben, London Bridge, The Globe Theater, Borough Market, The British Museum, The British Post Office, Tea at Harrod's, Tea at The Conservatory at The Montague, the West End, Picadilly Square, Oxford Circus, Abbey Road and more. And I can't wait to tell you more and to hear how you are as well, after I get caught up on my emails, production, show prep and laundry.
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