Day off work. Sleep in? Nope. Up at 7, reply to emails then venture down to King’s Cross by 10 for Eurostar‘s #1YearToGo event for competition winners and bloggers like myself. This is probably my only opportunity to visit the Olympic Stadium, so I damn sure wasn’t going to miss out on it! P.S. I’m writing the post as the day goes by! So apologies in advance if my tenses are all over the place.
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King’s Cross St Pancras is one of my favourite stations in London. The building fuses traditional & modern architecture works so well, it’s a beast of station with Eurostar, National Rail and the London Underground. Not to mention the plethora of shops, bars and restaurants. We all met at the Betjeman Arms – yeh you already know I don’t like pubs but wow! this pub is CLASSY – check it out next time you’re around the area. As soon as I got here, I got given a red 2012 tee, pass and a few flags to wave around. Oh not to mention the never-ending buffet breakfast that was waiting for us at the bar – bacon sarnies got demolished by me.
Then around 11:15, the announcements began at the lounge area. Folks from Netherlands and France came pouring in from Eurostar trains for the big launch with Lord Seb Coe and the likes of olympic gold medal winning athelete Colin Jackson. To be honest, I couldn’t make out a word of what they were saying because of the echo around the station. I was probably the only person sitting at this point. need. more. sleep. After the speeches were done, we then got called up 1 by 1 for a group photograph with all the European competition winners. Unity! All the colour tees (red for us, blue for France, yellow for Germany & orange for Netherlands). Pretty sure you won’t be able to see me because I was blocked by a hench Dutch woman.
Then we headed to our respective coaches as we departed for Olympic Village in Stratford. As a lot of the competition winners are from all around the country so the Eurostar folk decided to give us a mini-tour of the city on the way. Imagine feeling like a tourist in your own city! I did and tour guide was actually real informative, definitely expanded my knowledge of the city. LOVE this city, so much history! Okay 30 minutes later…we’re still on this tour, now by Tower Hill. I needed that impromptu a power nap.
Finally here near the village at Forman’s seafood restaurant for a spot of lunch. Few of the athletes, the architect who designed the stadium and Sebastian Coe have joined us. I’m awaiting my seafood meal with salmon and a 3 part dessert. It was delicious. The chocolate desert was salty?!
Okay fail. We don’t actually get to see the stadium but the experience was cool. The athletes take on life and passion for what they do was truly inspiring. The architecture is phenomenal, they have achieved an incredible amount in the past 6 years. It’s going to be a great event for the city – time to show the 4 billion people folks who’ll be watching what we’ve got. Bitterly disappointed about not being able to visit the actual Olympic site, ah well. FOOD. Enjoy the pics.