Day 13: 04/08/12
Sometimes things don’t go the way you expect them too. And sometimes that’s okay. Take today for example. My train to London was 15 minutes early into London. Yay! And I was able to see Big Ben and the Eye of London. Plus I found wifi in the middle of nowhere, and was able to get directions from my BFF, Lindsey. Sweet. Then I was a “big girl” and got the tube (the London underground train), by myself, and got to where I needed to be twice, with no problems. Feeling pretty good about myself. Then I got a little lost. I found a library, got wifi, got more directions, and ended up being less than two minutes from the place where Lindsey is staying. I was SO close! I crossed the street and the turned the corner and there she was. I can’t explain the joy that was in my heart. We looked at each other and we were teary eyed and hugging in seconds. I dropped my stuff off in Lindsey’s room and we headed back to the tube to go into the Olympic Park! I went into the broadcast headquarters and found my professor, Dr. Jim Owens, who is in charge of BPT, the broadcast training program (so basically all the interns). Dr. Owens took me on a tour of the compound, which is absolutely HUGE! From there I met my friend Chelsea for dinner, which was great, we got our very first MAGNUM ice cream bars, and headed in to the Olympic Park. Chelsea works in the swimming venue, so our plan was to just see if we could get in. I figured she would get in no problem, but we were both concerned that there would be no way I could get in. She flashed her credentials and it was like they didn’t even see me! We walked into the Natatorium just in time to see the men’s Australian relay team receiving their bronze medals. I looked at the podium and saw the gray USA sweats and started to freak out! I was in the same room as MICHAEL PHELPS! We went up higher in the stadium to get better pictures and be able to see. I looked up and there was my precious friend, Shannon (she works there too)! I stood there in shock and awe, speechless (well not really) as I watched the GREATEST Olympian of all time receive, what may be, his last Olympic medal. It was such an incredible moment. And I was there. It had to be Divine, that’s all I can think of. It was such an amazing day. There were so many things that could have, and should have, gone wrong. But they didn’t. Thank you, Jesus for such an incredible day! For keeping me safe and fulfilling my dreams!
The adrenaline I have been feeling from that is starting to wear, and I have been up since 4:45, so I am going to get some sleep. Tomorrow will be another adventure. I’m sure.
The Edinburgh Castle.
Today was day five of working here in Glasgow, Scotland and the sun decided to join us today! It was glorious! We had more competition today…men’s football. That upped the excitement at our venue a little bit. Today’s competitors were Morocco v. Honduras and Spain v. Japan. Both games went smoothly and at the end of the day we had a tie between Morocco and Honduras, 2 to 2. I didn’t know you could have a tie in football, but apparently (even in the Olympics) you can. The second game ended with Japan beating Spain, 1 to 0. That was disappointing…I was rooting for Spain.
I never made it into the stadium today, I had to man the office all day. Which is an easy task, but a rather boring one. But, HEY, it’s the Olympics. I’ll stick haggis up my nose if they ask me to…LOL.
It really was a rather lazy day. Zach and I grabbed dinner at McDonald’s, it’s kind of the easiest thing. It’s only 3 minutes, walking, from our hotel. I’m sick of it already though. Then we came back to the hotel and crashed in my room in front of the tele.
We have the day off tomorrow (HALLELUJAH!) so we are grabbing the bull by the horns and going on an adventure to Edinburgh. It is going to be EPIC. I am so excited to really see Scotland. So far it’s just been a big city. We can’t wait to see some castles! :-)
Mom and Dad, I love you and I miss you! Thanks for making this trip possible!
Watch the opening ceremonies tomorrow, and know that half way around the world, I’m watching them too!
I didn’t have internet to post these on the days I wrote them so bare with me…
Today was another very similar day to what has been. Not very busy. My main jobs today were to gather all the information needed on uniforms that didn’t fit and shoe sizes. Many of the uniforms we were given were either too big or too small—just the completely wrong sizes. So it became my responsibility to collect the sizes people needed and get them organized so we could send them back to headquarters and get the uniforms we needed. The shoe sizes are necessary because an hour after the final football game at our venue the whole of Hampden Park becomes a construction site and we are all required to wear safety gear—including boots. Which no one knew, so no one packed them. LOL. So now our manager has to buy us all steel toed boots.
Tomorrow is the first day of competition, so that should be interesting. The best part is we don’t have to be in until 2:00! YAY FOR SLEEPING IN! :-)
On a more adventurous note, Zach and I walked into Glasgow again tonight. We were trying to to Glasgow University with was the original choice for filming Harry Potter but was too pricey for the the film. Unfortunately it got dark faster than we planned and so we ended up exploring a different part of the city than we had before. We are both hoping to get to see Edinborough and Loch Ness at some point. It should be exciting!
Love and Hugs!
Well today was an adventure for sure…make that the last 2 days. My flight was delayed from Columbus Friday morning and messed all my other flights up so I was on the phone with Delta trying to make sure everything was okay last minute. Got to the airport and my flight was delayed another hour…that didn’t mess anything up though. That flight from Cbus to Detroit was uneventful. The next flight was 7 hours to Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was great and I had awesome seat mates… The Amsterdam airport was crazy and confusing, and there was no place to sit down…and of course all I wanted to do was sit down! Haha. From Amsterdam I flew to my final destination of Glasgow, Scotland. And that was where the real adventure began. Obviously I had no idea where I was or where I was supposed to be. I went through customs, and when they heard I was there with the Olympics they were as excited to see me as I was to see them! I got a sweet stamp in my passport and the guy who stamped it was super excited to have done so! I got my luggage with no problem and went outside to find the “500 Bus” which was to take me to the center of Glasgow, Grand Central Station. Once I arrived in the center of Glasgow the panic began to set in. Here I was in the middle of a city that I didn’t know with my luggage and I have NO IDEA where my hotel is. Then I remembered the handy dandy map mom bought for me at AAA (Thanks mom!). I asked a shopkeeper to point me in the right direction and started walking. I ended up getting lost several times, but that turned into a mini self-tour of Glasgow. I finally found my hotel and got checked it, found my friend Zach a while later, and got a “real” tour of the city. Tomorrow starts my first day of work for OBS and I am excited! This trip is going to be AMAZING!
Bed for now to (finally) sleep off the jet lag!
(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m 5 hours ahead of you…)
DAY 12: 02/08/12
It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is my last full day in Glasgow. I have had such an amazing time here and I am not ready to leave yet. Not ready to return to the mundane. Being here had really made me desire more than working in a shop. I want a job that I really enjoy. And to be fair, I don’t dislike my jobs at home. At all. And the “work” I’ve been doing here hasn’t been work at all. But working in the store is just not fulfilling. I am also dreading leaving my new friends. It’s sad that we get to meet these great people and create these awesome friendships and in two weeks it’s all over and I leave. I got my work schedule for the store today, and when I saw it all I could think is, “This is crazy.”
Today at the compound we prepared to strike, just labeling boxes and packing what we could. Then after work, I met up with eight of the other interns and we went to dinner at this cute, little Italian restaurant called, Ask Italian. Dinner was great (and cheap too), and after dinner five of us went bowling. It was a blast. And I was terrible. I think we are all going to be sorry to see this experience end. But it’s bittersweet. Saturday morning, at 5:40, I am getting on a train to London for 5 days, which should be incredible. We found out that our accreditations can get us into other venues as well…so I might be trying that out. Haha.
Well good night for now!
Love and miss you mom and dad!
Wow. Today was amazing. Today was Zach and mine first day off. Andrew Hunter came in from Newcastle to join us, and the three of us took the bus over to Edinburgh (Edin-bra). It was an adventure for sure. The bus ride was an hour both ways, and was only ten pounds for the round trip. Edinburgh is home to a lot of the Scottish history. Several castles, many original buildings, the Queen’s Scottish home, the Scottish parliament, Arthur’s Seat (the best view in Scotland), and the national Scottish museum. The city was very confusing at first. There were so many people and a lot of construction, but once we got through there we were in the heart of Edinburgh. There were men playing bagpipes, many old monuments and statues, and a set of Olympic rings. We owned the city. We literally walked the whole city. Twice. We visited the Edinburgh castle, which is fitted with its very own area where they do reenactments. Unfortunately they were not doing one today. While we were in the castle we meet a group of American girls from LSU. It was the craziest thing to be in Scotland and here someone say, “Y’all”. We introduced ourselves and got a picture with them and ended up meeting them later in the day to go on a Harry Potter tour of Edinburgh. After we left the castle we went to the National Scottish Library, the National Scottish Museum, the Museum of Childhood, and then we made our way to the “greatest view” in Scotland, Arthur’s Seat. I have to say that I never thought that I could climb that “hill.” Lol. It was a challenge and I am so proud of myself for doing it. The view was incredible and it was totally worth the hike. Plus the photos I got of the cliffs were phenomenal. After we descended Arthur’s Seat, we set off to find our new American friends and go on the anticipated Potter Trail Tour. I honestly thought that it was going to be a massive joke, but it ended up being a really good, and surprisingly interesting tour. There was a lot of truth and Potter history to it. We saw a cemetery where J.K. Rowling may have gotten some ideas for names and a school that may be what Hogwarts was formed after. We also saw the Elephant Café, which was one of J.K. Rowling’s favorite writing places, and is considered the “Birthplace of Harry Potter.” After the tour we had dinner and found a place to watch the opening ceremonies. We ended up watching it on a big screen that a pub had set up. We didn’t get back to Glasgow until 3:00am in the morning. But it was totally worth it. Definitely LOVE that city.
So long for now!
So much happened today, and most of it I am not at liberty to speak about at this time.
Today was the first day of competition at Hampden. We got to kick off the Olympics! How sweet is that??? :-) Today was women’s football (soccer for all you yanks). The first game was the USA v. France. We won. 4-2. It was epic. Zach bet our French friend (and fellow intern), Lena, McDonald’s if they won, and she would return the favor if we won. Let’s just say he is looking forward to a FREE dinner! Haha. The second game is where the trouble began. It was Columbia v. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (known to the rest of the world as North Korea). Basically all I can say is that major mistake was made that was super offensive to one of the teams… This set the game back an hour while everyone scrambled to fix it. So many people were blamed, but when it comes down to it, the company I am working for had nothing to do with the mistake, so we are in the clear. The match was finally kicked off and the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) beat Columbia 2 to 0. All in all it was a crazy long day, and tomorrow is an early day and I need sleep!
Well yesterday was my first day of work, and what a day it was. I met so many incredible people. There were seven other interns who started yesterday as well. Many of them are working in other departments than I am, but there are three others that were there before plus me working as utilities and runners. Yesterday when we arrived we received our proper accreditation and uniforms…none of which were right. Which is really quite annoying considering we are required to wear them on Wednesday, which is when the first game takes please at our venue, Hampden Park. My job is as a utility, which has turned into more of a runner position. Most of what I did yesterday was sit around wait to be told what to do. I did a few odd and end jobs and familiarized myself with the facility when things are really tight and I need to get somewhere fast. All in all it was a really great day. Zach and I are the only Americans working for this company right now and it has been so much fun to learn about the different cultures. I am working with many Scots and English, and our Broadcast Venue Manager is from Australia and this is her second Olympics. The food is wonderful and I think this is going to be and incredible experience.
Today was much of the same as yesterday. The biggest thing that changed today was that it rained ALL DAY. In fact, it’s still raining. :-( We had a dress rehearsal today for the first game on Wednesday, which went really very well, so that was encouraging. Lunch today was a Scottish dish called haggis, which is ground lamb with different grains and spices in it. It was surprisingly good. The caterers served it with mashed potatoes and it was kind of like eating meatloaf, only not in a loaf. Hopefully tomorrow we will the get the uniform fiasco figured so I don’t have to buy my own khakis (you were right Mom, I should have brought them). Tonight, Zach and I are joining some our new friends to go to an open mike night at a local place. It should be fun. We are all hoping that the pace picks up at our venue and we get to do some work.
Bye for now!
I’m writing this right now and kicking myself because I should be in bed. My flight to Glasgow, Scotland leaves in 13 hours. Which is crazy. I’m not sure how it’s here already. I would be lying if I said I was fine. I am definitely nervous and so to combat those nerves I have pretty much been shrugging off this trip like it’s no big deal. But before I leave I just need to give credit where the credit is due. There is no way I would be going on this trip without my wonderful parents. I so wish they were coming to experience this with me. They have done so much to make this trip possible and before I even leave for it, I just want to say thank you. I love you guys so much and I am so blessed to have you.
Not very many people know this, but I was not supposed to be going on this trip. I didn’t get hired on with the Olympics until the Wednesday before I graduated in May. Most of my friends and classmates were hired back before Christmas. I had totally given up and was planning a mission trip to Spain, when I got the email there was a position open and did I want it. I definitely went through shock, denial, fear, acceptance, and THEN excitement. The only reason I am going on this trip is because God made it possible. Every time I get anxious, nervous, and afraid of this trip I have to be reminded that there is a reason I am going and it is a gift. For now I just have to keep saying, “Okay Jesus, my life is in Your hands, my hope is in Your plans.”
So yeah. I’m going to go to bed now because if I don’t I’m going to be exhausted. And that’s not a good idea. So I’ll “see” you in Glasgow!