Rio Olympics 2016.
It is no coincidence that I ended up in Rio for the Olympic games. I was there in London when it happened and L-O-V-E-D it! I thought if I could fit another Olympic city into my narrative, well, why the hell not?
I arrived in Rio almost a month before the games started and, to be honest, there was very little when I arrived to suggest that the city was about to host THE most important sporting event in the world in only a matter of weeks ... there were a couple of additional tourist signs on the metro, an Olympic mega store on the sea front, and a air of indifference amongst the cariocas… is was very similar in London 4 years previous…
In 2012 on the eve of the Olympic Opening Ceremony, no one in London gave a fuck about the Olympics. We had had the Queens Diamond Jubilee just months before, and that really did feel like enough excitement for one year for us Londoners… But once we had seen Daniel Craig and the aforementioned Queen parachute into Wembley stadium we were hooked. Fair play to Danny Boyle, he really did know how to get our attention.
This time it was a little different, I already knew that it would be amazing and it would be exciting. I made arrangements to watch the opening ceremony, I had brought tickets to Super Saturday before the games had even started, and I had also made plans to watch many more events as the games went on – either alone or with friends, it didn’t matter to me. I just was so glad to be there and really REALLY wanted to make sure that I was a part of it.
There is a lot that I could say about the Olympics in Rio, the highlights, the memories, the laughter and the tears. There were moments when I am pretty sure that I was the happiest person in Rio, if not the happiest person in the world. But I cannot tell you all about that now. I am struggling with my words to capture what a truly amazing time it was to be alive.
I hope you enjoy the photos - a picture is worth a thousand words.
Olympics Fencing. My first event, Carioca Arena, The Olympic Park.
Met this legend. Told her that her documentary on the suffragettes inspired me to identify as a feminist. Took a selfie.
Handball at the Olympic Park. Argentina vs Qtar.
Matthew and I making friends with some Argentinians.
Possibly the happiest person in Rio, if not the world.
Thank you for the memories Rio, you have been a right laugh!