Had a wonderful afternoon/evening in the Olympic Park. Not usually a fan of being among large crowds of people, but there was such a festival atmosphere. Security checks were a breeze and really there was no wait to get inside.
There is actually a massive shopping centre right next to the park and we had an hour or two there. Had lunch in a Japanese place and the store manager recognised Mr. allezfred from his blog. They had actually e-mailed each other, but Mr. allezfred had no idea where the person worked and the person had no idea Mr. allezfred would be in London. It was ever so random when the person approached us to talk.
Loads of athletes, coaches, families and hangers-on around the centre and there was a real buzz about the place. At one point we passed the volunteer on her high chair that has been doing the rounds on Youtube. She was blasting out the Jackson Five on her boombox.
We had really nice seats just above the 100m start line. There was what appeared to be a big group of corporate hotshots whose sole purpose in attending the event tonight seemed to be to drink beer and watch Jessica Ennis. Literally, the second she finished her events they were off and never to be seen again.
I was sitting next to lovely woman from Zimbabwe who works in Dubai. Apparently she thought I knew something about athletics. Unlike other athletics championships everything is quite spaced out so there is plenty of time to enjoy the different events. Highlight of the night was David Storl, silver medallist in the shot put, nearly mowing down two of the backmarkers in the 10000m final on his way to celebrate his medal.
The journey home was a bit epic. We avoided the route we came as it looked as if an ocean of people were heading that direction. We hiked to a different station and got home about an hour and a half after we left the stadium. I suppose given the circumstances it wasn't too bad.
The Olympic experience is fantastic. Had it once in Torino and while that was very special I have to say I'm enjoying this more. Cheesy and all as it sounds it really is where the whole world comes together to party!