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As most people know, there’s a big sporting competition going on – the London 2012 Olympics.

One of the pre-Olympic activities that we’d been seeing on the news for weeks was the Olympic Torch. We figured we should see it when it came to Cambridge. Particularly since it was planned to go past our street. So we wandered the 100m down the road, met some of our friends, and watched the parade.

Matt, Rach and me waiting for the Olympic Torch

The streets were packed with locals, but unfortunately we were a captive audience for some messages from the London 2012 sponsors….

Who knew the Olympic Torch was for marketing purposes?

The torch did eventually come, being carried by Tony Burton, a local fireman who promotes Road Safety to young adults and works with the Young Carers group giving youths some time away from their homes. Good on you, Tony! Sounds like a really great guy.

A fireman, Tony Burton, carried the Olympic Torch up Mill Rd Olympic Torch

We went down to London for a weekend to check things out. Everyone had been talking about Kiwi House in London as the place to be, so figured we should check it out.

Where's Kiwi House? Kiwi House in London!

Basically, its a big big sports bar. They sell NZ beer, NZ food cooked *by* NZers as well (Peter Gordon designed the menu) and they only showed sports that NZers were in on big screens. Brilliant stuff! Rob had a steak and cheese pie for lunch (hard to come by in the UK!), and I had BBQ NZ lamb. Yummy! We bumped into a few people we knew while we were there. Not surprising really.

Caught up with Jessie at Kiwi House

It’s a pretty fantastic place, really. So if you’re in London, you should go see. (It’s still open post-explosion too.)

But onto the Olympic Park. The park is *massive*. It takes you 20 minutes to walk from one side to the other! But the security processing and everything was so well handled. Lots and lots of soldiers manning the bag scanners and metal detectors. I was pretty impressed with the organisation really.

Hello Olympic Park London!

Regardless, this seemed the perfect venue to wear some of our Kiwiana tat that we had. Rob’s in front of the Olympic Stadium here, with the windy lookout to the left.

Rob and the Olympic Stadium

That’s the velodrome in distance, which will be taken down after the Olympics.

Liz and the Olympic Velodrome

We managed to get tickets to NZ vs Oz Women’s Hockey. I was so excited! The hockey stadium is a temporary one setup at the Olympic Park. All scaffolding on the outside, and a real stadium on the inside! At 8.30am, it wasn’t completely packed, but apparently half the tickets were bought by Holland vs Belgium fans for the game after ours. It was an amazing sunny morning though!

NZ vs Oz Women's Hockey at the Olympics!

Our girls played an *amazing* game. Gotta love beating Australia every now and then!

NZ winning the hockey Chit chat before a short corner

No luck this time, but NZ is looking awesome

And prepare yourself for some more tat. These sunglasses got us a brief clip on The Crowd Goes Wild (youtube clip here) and a half-time interview on the in stadium screen. If you wanna get on TV, getting noticed is the most important thing…

Hideous NZ Flag sunglasses

It was a brilliant game that day, and our girls played so well through-out the tournament. Even though we didn’t end up getting the Bronze medal (*cries*) I am so proud of our team.

We haven’t done anything except watch the Olympics these past couple of weeks. So nice to be in the same time zone as the Olympics for once!

Who’s looking forward to Rugby 7’s in Brazil in 2016? I think we definitely are!

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