on monday i had my very first shift at the olympics. after sunday’s events, i wasn’t feeling all that up to work especially in the random 30 degree heat. after arriving at the stadium and checking in, my housemates and i sat in the hot sun doing absolutely nothing for over 2 hours while they tried to find us work. we walked around for a while and after another hour and a half i was on the verge of throwing up all over place so i asked to go home. the mean supervisor who we all now hate let me go and as i ventured towards the tube station, battling the incoming crowds coming to watch the opening ceremony rehearsal i passed westfield just in time to run to the toilets and throw up (too much information? sorry)
the next day i stayed home and basically did nothing other than walk around the town and spend some time in the park reading and laughing to myself about how english people freak out when it gets over 25 degrees.
on wednesday i worked again from 2 til 11 with a bunch of people who had no idea what they were doing. my feet were aching but the thought of money (which i’m in desperate need of) kept me happy and going until the end of the night. when i finished my shift and we closed up i got free chocolate so my day was made.
today some of my housemates and i went to camden market. it was another hot day but the crowds were small and easy to manoeuvre, a nice change from the current olympic crowds riddled throughout the east of the city. the day would have been a lot better if i had money to spend but i bought a bargain singlet top with london printed on the front in cool font as well as a few presents for my friends and family patiently waiting back home. i am getting really good and not spending money, even better than i was back home! but it is way tougher being a stinge in a city as great as london.
the jewellery stands were nearly impossible for me to walk away from with empty hands, being a lover and collector of token jewellery with a memory attached forever (not to mention anything pretty).
tomorrow is the opening ceremony and we are all working. it’s going to be a long and draining day at work, followed by another 3 days of work, but i am so excited to be amongst the atmosphere and weight of such a huge, worldwide event. which by the way, i have already seen snippets of during work and breaks and it looks amazing to say the least. paul mccartney, harry potter, lots of fireworks. that’s all i can say.
p.s thanks london for finally realising what summer is supposed to be (even if it only lasts a week)