A few observations from our London 2012 trip this past weekend:
-Wimbledon = awesome. Not a bad seat in the house. It's the only place I know where all 15,000 people sit completely silent during play. Even crying babies are shushed by everyone.
-If Serena Williams were to play Andy Murray tomorrow, she'd win in 4 sets.
-A 4.5 hour tennis match would be more enjoyable if the whole stadium wasn't starving for lunch.
-Brits must be very concerned about drunkenness in sporting events. Beer was pretty scarce in every venue.
-Surprisingly, food at the events was modestly priced.
-That said, London is still way more expensive than Durham.
-Riding the subway was very easy and not too crowded.
-Discovered London's Soho area. No longer a shady area (unless you think hipsters are shady), it has great food at a reasonable price.
-The Hummingbird Bakery is a must. Best red velvet cupcake I've ever had.
-The "party atmosphere" of beach volleyball was indeed fun, but somewhat distracted from the games themselves.
-The Horse Guards Parade venue was picturesque, situated right in the historic downtown.
-It seems that the British will always root against the US, even if it means cheering FOR Russia, of all places.
-For the record, both American teams won convincingly.
-Watching the Olympics in Hyde Park with thousands of people was one of the highlights of the trip.
-Serbians are FUN spectators, especially when you don't understand what they're saying.
-After seeing thousands of Brits disproportionately cheer for such small sports as rowing, sailing, and cycling, I can safely say that Americans aren't the only country with an unbounded enthusiasm for its own greatness.
(Pictures coming soon!)