I wanna fill you guys in on a little secret. I am loving having guest posters. There. I said it. I love not having to try to come up with content every day. This is great. And I promise to have vacation recap posts up for next week. I really do promise!
Since I decided to take almost 2 weeks off of blogging, I have Quinn here to tell you about her fabulous trip to London. While pregnant. During the Olympics. You go girl!
Hi Chits & Giggles friends! I’m Quinn and I blog over at Kimchi & Sweet Tea. While Kristyn is headed to my neck of the woods (North Carolina) for a little vacation time, I’d love to share with you a little vacation we took last year to England. Oh yeah, did I mention we went to the Olympics too and I was 3 months preggers with my second child?!
First off, I wouldn’t exactly recommend taking your first big vacation away from your little one overseas during a pregnancy. Talk about emotions on overload. I think I cried the entire flight over there and my husband (as well as a few others on the flight) thought I was coo coo for cocoa puffs. I don’t blame them.
Secondly, even if you are exhausted, go see EVERYTHING on your to see list – no excuses! If I can drag my tired pregnant butt across England, you can certainly drag your hungover self out of bed to sightsee all day!
Now, on to the good stuff.
As you can see from my second little tip above, I was not thrilled to be up early to spend all day walking around the Olympic Park. Our tickets were for a night event and I would have rather slept in then gone to see the handball a few hours before the event.
Fortunately, I got myself out of bed, put on my comfy shoes, and headed out for a day of long lines and lots of walking.
London did a great job with the park! I think I only stood in one line all day! Surprisingly, there was never a line to the bathroom + there was plenty to do + plenty of little gardens everywhere. It never felt crowded despite the thousands of people surrounding you at all times. Plus, the event volunteers (yes, almost everyone who worked the event were unpaid locals just in it for the thrill and excitement of the Olympics) were hilarious and extremely friendly at all times. It was a fantastic experience and I almost forgot that we were there to see Handball and not just walk around the park.
The day ended with sore feet and lots of new friends! I could talk for hours about the nice people we met during our trip. Londoners aren’t exactly know for their hospitality, but the Olympics brought a sense of pride in their country that Londoners and the rest of England was very eager to share with us foreigners.
If you find yourself at the Olympics one day or even just somewhere you don’t believe you’ll ever visit again, be sure to fill your itinerary to the brim with activities + talk to every local willing to tell you a story. Exhausting, sure, but you will be so glad that you saw everything you wanted to see and you’ll have a blast listening to locals describe their life in their own country to complete strangers!
A big thank you to Kristyn for letting me take over her blog for the day! I sure hope she is enjoying a rain-free week on the North Carolina coast.
I want to go back to London now. Thanks Quinn. It’s your fault I will be broke. Just kidding. Anyways, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in a city for the Olympics. Oh wait. Yes I can. Remember those 1996 Games in Atlanta? Yep. I was there for some stuff. London is gorgeous though…I am officially jealous.
Happy Friday everyone! I will officially be back next week with recap posts for you. I promise.