David and I took a long trip this August, and in the weeks leading up to it, I found that I was running out of time to do everything that I wanted to do. So, I had an inadvertantly long blog break, and I'm just now feeling like I'm really back home even though we got back two weeks ago.
We were in England, and we got to arrive in London right in the middle of the Olympics. And through a bit of good luck, we got to attend the Olympics. Yes, it was pretty awesome.
Before we went to our venue, we watched the women's marathon flash by.
And then we went to the ExCel Arena to see Table Tennis. It was so cool! I took some pictures with me in them, but given that I had just flown in on a (stressful) redeye flight, I don't want to show them to you :) But this is what I saw.
The games were exciting, espeically the match between #2 South Korea and #8 Portugal, where Portugal fought for every point and made the match run an hour longer than scheduled. Everyone in the stadium became a Portugal fan, but they lost in the end.
I was so impressed with the ease we navigated through the city and the venues. London really had the games figured out, and we never waited more than a couple of minutes for the train or in any line. It was so cool just to be there and be a part of it.
After we did that, we got to settle in to our hotel in Bristol, and I got to travel while David went to work. And we both traveled on weekends.
Well, the first week I didn't travel because I wanted as much of a British Olympic experience as I could get! There was a public sqaure near our hotel that had a huge screen and deck chairs for Olympic viewing. It was a great place to be, and so fun to be in the crowd when Team GB won gold.
If it was raining (as it tends to do), I watched the BBC coverage in my hotel room. I liked it so much better than the coverage we got in the US.
And then we traveled! We went to Edinburgh.
I went to Wales.
I took a day trip back to London so I could shop for Liberty fabric. It was overwhelming.
We went to Berlin.
I visited the next most famous stone circle after Stonehenge, Avebury, which has a town in the middle of it.
And I explored the beautiful things that were close by where we were staying.
It was a wonderful experience, and I'm so grateful to have had it. I am also happy to be back home! I'm way behind with sewing and knitting content, so I will be back here soon to show it to you.