The Games Have Begun!

29 Jul

This is the flat I’m renting for the next month:

This was my flat this afternoon:

Seeing the Olympic cyclists race past my front door was pretty surreal- as was watching the Opening Ceremonies from a pub in Trafalgar Square with 2 former teammates, heaps of Brits, and fervent fans from around the world.

Although I’m living 2 train rides away from central London and most Olympic venues, I couldn’t be in a better area for either the Games or my project. Teddington, a suburb in southwest London, is not only beautiful, safe, clean, and teeming with cute cafes; it is the permanent home of some of the UK’s best runners and the temporary training base for Olympic track teams from South Africa, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and some US runners. I’m a half-mile from the popular St. Mary’s University track and just a mile from Bushy Park, one of the Royal Parks that offers an extensive network of dirt and grass trails- and even some furry-antlered deer I mistook for Rudolf and the gang!

The thrill of the Games aside, my time in London has been incredible so far. My runs remind me of October in Texas, a far cry from the triple-digit weather I’m used to. The runners I’ve met seem nearly as excited to chat about their own experiences as I am to hear them. And the generosity I’ve been shown by total strangers- a man who gave me a fist-full of coins for a pay phone call; an Apple employee who gave me a charger for free; and my neighbor who sheltered me with an umbrella while I filmed the bike race- excite me about the year ahead and inspire me to keep the kindness rolling.


Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “The Games Have Begun!

  1. leslie

    July 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

    your flat is awesome!!!

  2. Eileen

    July 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    SUCH a cute place to live! and sounds amazing so far!

  3. katherine DEvlin

    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’m loving this blog Bwade!! Its a favorite on my computer and i check it daily…. obsessed with you? probably. Loving the pictures too!!

    • bwade1989

      August 17, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Aw girlll you’re too good to me! Smooches smooches

  4. Rachel Wade

    August 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I want to move into your flat with you!

    • bwade1989

      August 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Well what are you waiting for?!


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