It has pretty much been impossible over the last couple of weeks to be in Britain and not be swept up with Olympic fever. Not that I am complaining that is; in fact, I am quite sad for it to be over. Initially I was interested about the Olympics being here but not so much excited. It has been so many years since we won the bid I had sort of forgotten about it! It was only really when I went to watch the torch going through Leicester that I started to realise quite how big this was going to be and how eager I was to be a part of it all, I have definitely been taken up by the excitement of it! It was after seeing the torch twice when it was on its trip around the UK that I suddenly realised how much I was looking forward to it. I saw it once in Leicester with my Uni friends and I then also saw it back at home with my family. One of the advantages of being a student is having two places to call home!
I have been moving between my family home and my Uni home a lot this summer so my Olympic experience has been quite different depending on where I was at the time! I was in my house in Leicester for the opening ceremony. In fact, it was the last day before I moved to my new house in Leicester so my housemates and I decided that we would invite some people round and have a little send off for our old house combined with watching the ceremony together. For the closing ceremony I was back at home and we combined it with my birthday party so I got to share that with lots of people too! Where ever I was though, you could always have a discussion with someone about how the events had gone that day. It sounds really cheesy but it just seemed to bring everyone in Britain together!
I was lucky enough to get some tickets for a GB football game at the Olympic stadium in Cardiff. The atmosphere was amazing and the whole stadium was just a sea of blue, red and white! I am not really that much of a football fan but for me that didn’t matter, it was just nice to be part of it. It is weird to think that this will be an important historic event that we have been a part of. I know I will remember this in many years to come and I am glad I got to share the experience with both my Uni friends and my family and friends at home. I just hope we can keep up the atmosphere I have felt over the weeks to the end of the paralympics and beyond!