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2012 Olympics!

I never made it to Europe during college, unlike several of my friends who did the study abroad thing. As much of a literary and scifi anglophile that I am, I've always wanted to get over to England, at the very least. A year or two ago I decided that I wasn't getting any younger, and the 2012 Olympics might be a good excuse for crossing the pond (even though visiting one of the busiest cities in the world during the Olympics may qualify me for mental health care, heh).

Today i finished the first step, by purchasing individual tickets for a half-dozen Olympic events. I decided to go towards the end of the Games, as that's when most of the events that looked cool to me are held. They are:

  • 8/8/12: Athletics (1000-1340, Olympic Stadium)
  • 8/9/12: Women's Basketball (2100-2300, N Greenwich Arena)
  • 8/10/12: Canoe Sprint (why? It was the only thing I found for that day that looked interesting, and the ticket was $44--that's why. :P) (930-1155, Elton Dorney)
  • 8/11/12: Sailing and Tawkwondo (1200-1800, 2000-2315, multiple)
  • 8/12/12: Modern Pentathalon (800-1800, multiple)

I ended up spending a bit more than planned, but that's a pretty sweet lineup I have to say. ;)

This, however, is the easy part. Next I need to save up money & vacation time for however long I spend out there. Then I have to book a plane ticket. Then I have to figure out where to stay. I'm hoping ashkitty and her friends are planning on spending time at the Olympics the same time I am--that would be handy, heh. Maybe we could take over a house for a couple weeks! ;)

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ashkitty
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
I haven't had an update on whether we're getting our tickets, but I think they were for the 5th of August, so I'm not sure whether a house for that week is doable--even if it isn't, though, I'll help find a place and come hang out and show you around London. :) I just might have to be in the library while you're watching events! I hope very much to be at the editing stage by then...
the_doctor
Jun. 24th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Fortunately we have 13 months to hammer out the details. ;)

Any idea what event you guys are going to?

Ooo, dissertation next year--early good luck!
ashkitty
Jun. 24th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
One or more of the £20 ticket ones. ;) Track stuff, not sure which event.

Man, it's going to be PACKED. You're going to need a holiday from the holiday by the end. Anywhere other than London you want to see?
the_doctor
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Stonehenge, Cambridge/Oxford, Dublin, Edinburgh, maybe Cardiff--and that's just in the UK! I've picked up quite a wishlist over the years! ;)
ashkitty
Jun. 26th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
...Okay, there is no way you are going to be able to do all of those in one trip. You can probably pick, oh, two of them!
the_doctor
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Check out this page, btw--I'm liking the idea of "self catering apartments," myself...

http://www.visitlondon.com/accommodation/

There are doubles available at the Imperical College for a pretty affordable amount, for example...though no clue where it is in relation to the various Game venues...:P

I don't know how far out we want to start considering lodging options, but I'm guessing the affordable stuff will be snapped up pretty quickly over the next few months...are you and your friends just planning on a weekend trip?
ashkitty
Jun. 29th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Self-catering is one of my favourite ways to go. London is just so pricey--when Karin came last Christmas, we looked at self-catering, but it was still so much more than where we ended up staying that we could eat out every night at reasonably nice places and still not come up to the nightly cost. ;) Anyway, have a look and make sure to look for stuff on TripAdvisor! I'm not sure what our plans are, I'm not even sure what tickets we got, alas.
lena_of_fargo
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
That is so cool! I have friends that are also going to be at the TaeKwonDo event, too. :)

Can't wait to hear all about it!
the_doctor
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I hope I pull this off, hee. And I think we talked about your friends before--are they competing or watching?
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