Olympics Opening Ceremony

Ontem comecaram os jogos olimpicos. No entanto para quem vive em Londres já comecaram há muito tempo, com os avisos nos transportes públicos, as mudancas nas estradas, os mísseis no telhado, etc.Como moro perto do estádio, ao voltar para casa ao fim do dia pensei que iria apanhar uma enchente de gente a tentar chegar lá. No entanto o comboio vinha quase vazio. Fixe!Quando saí do comboio comecei a ver bastante gente na rua, tudo carregado com bebidas e alguma comida, em modo pique-nique. Vao para Victoria Park ver a cerimónia nos écrans gigantes pensei.

Erro… bom, alguns iriam para o parque, mas muitos vinham para o sítio onde moro! Ao chegar ao portao, a fila de gente para entrar era enorme. Pensei que, dado os mísseis no telhado e afins estivessem a fazer inspecoes ao pessoal. Nao, eram mesmo amigos dos vizinhos.

Dentro do condomínio, quase todos os apartamentos tinham asportas abertas e estavam a haver festas olimpicas.

Sem dúvida que tanto os vizinhos como nós tivemos razao em quere estar em casa. Entre o espectáculo na televisao e olhar para fora da janela conseguimos o melhor dos dois mundos (para quem nao tinha bilhetes claro!). A melhor cena foi sem dúvida quando o James Bond foi buscar a Raínha… ao início pensei que era um anúncio, ou uma cena gravada uns dias antes; mas quando olhei para fora da janela e vi o helicóptero a chegar e a “raínha” e o Bond a saltar de pára quedas foi brutal.

E depois foi o fogo de artifício. Que foi fantástico, especialmente a experiencia de ver na TV e ao vivo ao mesmo tempo.

Quanto aos vizinhos e companhia, muitos desceram ao jardim e quando o Paul comecou a cantar eles acompanharam, portanto tive concerto e espectáculo ao vivo sem sair do meu sofá!

Nao sendo as melhores fotos, fica uma ideia de como foi a vista da janela aqui.

* The Olympics have started yesterday. However, for those living in London it started a long time ago, along with the announcements and posters in the tube, the traffic restrictions and the rooftop missiles. As I live a stone’s throw from the stadium, returning home yesterday was going to be a nightmare. Or so I thought. When entering the train it was quite empty.

 

The emptiness was clearly just on the train, as the streets next to home were quite busy, with people carrying what seemed to be picnic stuff. Oh, they are going to Victoria Park for the big screens…

 

…Or maybe not. Maybe they were coming to meet my neighbours! When I was approaching home, there was a huge queue to enter my condo. I thought they were checking IDs or something because of the missile, but no, they were just visitors trying to reach their friends through a very busy concierge.

 

Inside, all my meighbours had their doors open and Olympic parties were going on.

 

Well, and they (as well as us, that decided to come home for the show) were right. Between the TV show and what was going on outside the window, it was the most amazing experience (unless you really had tickets for the ceremony). The best part was when Bond went to get the Queen. At first I thought it was an ad, or maybe something recorded in advance, but when I look out and saw the helicopter arriving and Bond and the “queen” jumping off was amazing.

 

And then it was the fireworks. Great experience to see it both live and on the screen. As per the neighbours and company, they all headed down to the garden and had a sing-along with Sir Paul. So I got a live show without leaving the couch!

 

Though not the best, I have some photos of what was going on outside the window here.

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