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Welcome to the Olympics

The Olympics have finally arrived in London. And I have to say, even though I won’t be making it to any events, I will enjoy being part of the overall celebration here in England. It’s really been a summer full of national pride that began with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

I’ve also realized that the summer Olympics now represent a significant milestone for me as some of my first memories when I moved to the UK were of watching the Beijing Olympics. I’d moved here just a week or so before they began. This year I will once again appreciate watching the Olympics through a different lens, one not edited by the American media machine. The BBC in fact will be providing the most comprehensive Olympic coverage ever, broadcasting all 2500 hours of competition. All without commercials.

And I’ll appreciate that I now have two countries to cheer for. Go team USA! Go team GB!

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  • Reply HONEY July 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I’ll be right there watching from the comfort of our apartment………looking forward to the Opening, guess you’ve already seen all that since your time is ahead of us…!!!

  • Reply michelle gd July 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    love that you’re cheering for two countries 😉

    • Reply katherine July 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Yes, it will just make the whole things so much more interesting as I’ll have a vested interest in more events! Wasn’t a good day today for team GB though. Boo.

  • Reply Gerri July 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, it must be SO exciting to be in that space right now!!

    • Reply katherine July 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      It really is. It’s like I feel proud to be British (even though I’m technically not)!

  • Reply Mom July 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Go GB! Watching the bike race. 16 miles to go. Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Mom July 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    oops. sad loss

  • Reply Nancy July 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    In the opening ceremony I saw a film of English poppies. It reminded me of your lovely photos.

    • Reply katherine July 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Wow! That’s the nicest thing to say. Can’t believe you’ve put me in such good company.

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