We made it to London last night, approximately 11pm local time. I successfully made most of the flight without sleeping, knowing that London was five hours ahead, and sleep would be the only responsible thing to do once getting settled into the hotel. With Opening Ceremonies tonight and the swimming underway tomorrow, quickly getting on schedule was important. Gabrielle Douglas' family was on our flight over and couldn't have been nicer or more excited. You could feel the pride coming from her mother, grandmother and siblings. It's great connecting with the other athlete's families and seeing their excitement. The world sees their athletic aptitudes, but the family holds their hand and beams with love. It's warming.
Top: descending into London, Bottom left: With Gabby Douglas' family Bottom right: Strawberry shortcake dessert Unlike most posts here on Genuine Joy, while in London, they will be in a diary format. The United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee have strict rules about what can be posted, tweeted and put on Facebook. Known as the Socialympics, the organizing bodies have put restrictions on what people can and can't say online. No affiliation with brands, "be nice" and no journalistic reporting for individuals outside the media compound - you must have a media credential to provide a story in journalistic fashion.
Trying to get on a schedule and acclimate to the time, we're up and at 'em! Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm drinking a cup of instant coffee as I write this post. Not against it, just never had it. In America, most hotels offer a coffee pot; in our hotel, we have an electric kettle with tea bags and instant grinds (regular and decaf) as options.
For our first day here, we're heading to the Today Show for an interview. We will watch Opening Ceremonies from the hotel before Michael's first race, the 400IM, tomorrow morning. Fueled with the instant coffee (not so bad!) I'm off to the hotel gym for a quick 30-minutes of cardio before heading out for the day...
Our driver was fabulous, and gave us a mini-tour of the city upon our arrival. On the left, is Harrod's, a luxury department store here in London. On the right is an image of Michael swimming breaststroke.