The sunshine has come out from hiding just in time for the Olympics! The start of the Olympics has been bittersweet. It is incredible to be in the mist of the action but the Olympics also mark the end of my journey in London. It is hard to believe it is nearly August, this summer has gone by faster than ever. I am not ready to leave London yet, I have much more I need to do here. Since my last blog post I have travelled to Barcelona and Paris. Barcelona was very beautiful and the weather made for a wonderful weekend. My friends and I toured the city by foot as well as a bus tour. We saw many of Gaudi’s works including the famous cathedral Sagrada Família. My favorite part of my holiday in Barcelona was going to the beach. It was nice to relax in the sun and look out into the beautiful view. My short weekend in Paris was also a lot of fun. It was a very exciting weekend in Paris because it was the end of the Tour de France which I was able to see. While in Paris I went to the Louvre, Arc de Triophe, and the Eiffel Tower. At the Louvre I saw the Mona Lisa and it was much smaller than I had imagined. The Eiffel Tower was my favorite site in Paris. I was able to see it in daylight and night while on a boat tour. I really enjoyed the view at night, it was striking to see the tower all lit up. The food in Paris was really delicious. I ate way too many crepes and chocolates and had a nice meal at a well known and recommended steak and chip restaurant. I travelled both ways to Paris by train and I was surprised by how easy and convenient it was. I was only able to go to Paris for a short weekend and I hope to be able to revisit another time.
Aside from the overcrowded streets and underground the Olympics have been really exciting. I was able to see the torch and after countless tries to get tickets I finally scored a swimming ticket! I will be seeing the heats for men and women’s freestyle events and medley relays. I am ecstatic about going even if it’s only the heats because I will be seeing the Oympic Park. I would love to be able to watch gymnastics or at least one more event. There has been a lot of buzz about the amount of empty seats in the stadiums and word is that more tickets will be for sale. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I continuously check the ticket website for any updates. Besides going to watch the swimming event I do not have any other plans for the next two weeks. I still have a lot to see and I need to make a list of everything I hope to do. I want to go on the London Eye and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and I am considering booking a day trip to Brighton. I have had an unbelievable summer and although I am ready to go back to school and see my friends and family, I wish I could bring London back with me.