Okay, so I didn't make it to London for the 2012 Olympics.
I'm afraid that, until recently, what I associated the most with OL 2012 was London winning the privilege of hosting it back in July 2005. It was 6 July 2005. As I was working for Visit Britain at the time it was a day of much celebration, lots of media attention and long hours. Then came 7 July 2005 and the devastating terror attacks in London, and I've been unable to separate those two events in my mind since.
But as it happened I was in Bristol for a media blogging conference when London held its amazing opening cermony for the 2012 Olympics this weekend.
I flew in to Heathrow on the opening day, Friday 27 July, and the flight was buzzing with happy people on the way to see the Olympics and looking forward to it.
I'm not too surprised though, to read that lots of people stay away from London during the event, causing a surprising dip for the tourist industry elsewhere in London - it's exactly what happened during the total solar eclipse in Cornwall in August 1999. With all the media warnings about impeding traffic chaos and full hotels, tourism to the region was actually down rather than up that month compared to previous years. It's too early to tell if that will be the situation in London during the Olympics too, but I was going to talk about Bristol.
Because, as it happened, there was a huge gathering at Anchor Square at Bristol Quayside, a big screen broadcasting the opening cermony and the Olympics in general and a great atmosphere.
A perfect, and very unexpected way, to see the opening cermony for me.
Here's what it looked like on the eve of the opening cermony (I regretted not bringing an external blitz, only my pocket camera):
And here's what it looked like the following morning (when I was on my way from the hotel to the conference, and there was no Olympic sports on yet):
Oh, and it was the UK so of course the hotel room came with tea and coffee making facilities - which made me very happy.
What I was not so happy about was the internet set-up: £9 for 24 hrs wi-fi access or one hour of free wi-fi per drink purchased in the hotel bar. The latter, an hour of internet per purchased drink, was all new to me and I'm not so sure it worked as the hotel bar was constantly empty... or maybe those purchasing drinks there took their drinks straight to the hotel room to make use of the internet time. Strange policy.