A Golden Opportunity

Yesterday, we had an adventure. I left my flat around two in the afternoon and headed to Earl’s Court Tube station.

The crowd heading to Volleyball.

The better half was still at work, so I stopped at the Blackfriar Pub to wait. I enjoyed a beer outside under a tree and read Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

Finally it was time to head to our destination!

We picked up our tickets. In order to avoid a long wait at the ticket window we arrived early, which meant now we had some time to kill. We stopped at the Parish Pub (review is here). After that we wandered to a different restaurant. As you can imagine, most of the pubs and restaurants near Wembley were packed. We had a cocktail outside and took in the craziness.

Time to head to our seats. The crowd was ready to enjoy.

If you haven’t guessed yet, we watched the Women’s Football final last night between Japan and the USA. A few days ago we noticed that they released more tickets to the event and we jumped on the chance.

The game!

USA scores!

The wave

The American Goalie makes a brilliant save.

It wasn’t me!

The pushing and shoving

Do you see the ball?

Halftime. USA is up 1-0.

The start of the second half.

I am sorry to report that we didn’t stay for the medal ceremony. The better half had an early appointment the next day.

This little guy needed his nightly medicine

And this one needed to go outside.

But no worries, the night was fantastic. We enjoyed the competition and the USA won 2-1. It was a wonderful experience. And I was really impressed by the crowd. In my section there were a lot of Americans. Of course they cheered for the American players. However, I was happy to see that they also supported the Japanese players. And when Japan scored, they all applauded. I love the Olympic spirit and how it brings so many together. Over 80,000 people attended the match at Wembley Stadium. It was awesome to be a part of it!

Please excuse the extra grey section at the end of the photos. I tried for at least two seconds to get rid of it. It was a frustrating two seconds. Does anyone know the trick to this that doesn’t involve messing with the code? When people mention that word, my eyes glaze over immediately. I think it might be a medical condition. I need to rest after even writing the word.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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71 Responses to A Golden Opportunity

  1. thirdeyemom says:

    Enjoying the Olympics through you eyes! Great post!

  2. cobbies69 says:

    great pictures and post….I bet you are enjoying them, I am from the tely…:)

  3. Beth Ann says:

    I LOVE these!! I felt like I was there with you!!! Thanks! As for the grey area…what grey area??? 🙂 I have had fits with posting slide shows lately—-all the sudden the pictures are all distorted in slide show form and I have not changed how I have done a thing. They always looked fine before and now the pictures are all warped looking when I put them in a slide show. I blame Word Press…..and I might have spent 5 seconds trying to figure it out with no luck. Nevertheless this did not distract me from totally loving your pics!!

    • TBM says:

      The past few days I’ve had some real issues with WP. Good to know it isn’t just me. Thanks for your kind words. 5 seconds is a lot longer than I would give. have a wonderful weekend!!!

  4. Glad you’re having so much fun TBM!! There’s something about the Olympics being in your own country (or the country you are living in) that makes it even more special!

  5. vinnieh says:

    Great photo’s, I bet your really enjoying the Olympics

  6. zelmare says:

    *sigh*…how wonderful… Thanks for sharing!!! I love your bookcases crammed full of books! 🙂

  7. Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing and letting us be a part of it. I heard it was a great game.

    • TBM says:

      It was entertaining. Poor Japan hit the woodwork twice in the first half. That added to excitement, but I felt bad for them. So close to a goal and then denied.

  8. Grace says:

    Oooh, Earl’s Court! Makes me think of Neverwhere… 🙂

  9. Can’t find the grey. Lovely photo set. Great game.

  10. WP wants you to moderate me.

  11. Way to go! At first I envied you reading Bleak House in an English pub, now I’m really jealous. 🙂

    Didn’t notice the extra gray area until you pointed it out. Code scares the heck outta’ me too.

    • TBM says:

      Reading Dickens in English pubs is an amazing experience. When I first started this project I wanted to read Dickens right away. But then I found out I was moving to London and I put them on hold so I could enjoy them here.

  12. What a great night out! Thanks for the post.

  13. wolke205 says:

    Gold for your adorable pets 😀 Great post 🙂

  14. Kate Kresse says:

    LOL I know what you mean about glazing over re code!!! Loved this write-up about the football game. We watched it and loved it of course. I am loving imagining reading Bleak House in a pub in London :-). thanks for creating so many word pix for us!!

  15. fgassette says:

    Great post of a wonderful experience. I saw the match on TV and was excited we won. Love the games that brings so many people together. Thanks for sharing your day.


  16. Lee A Jackson says:

    Looks like it was a great experience at the Olympics!!

  17. lynnsbooks says:

    The Olympics have been great haven’t they – and apparently the crowd get behind all the competitors really well (or so I’ve heard).
    You’re going to have some top memories at the conclusion.
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      I’ve been impressed with the crowds. Yes, they cheer for Team GB, but they also cheer on the rest. The atmosphere has been festive, polite, and entertaining. All in all, a wonderful experience.

  18. Gilly Gee says:

    You made me laugh because you chose to read Bleak House on the way to the footie!

    • TBM says:

      It’s the book I’m currently reading. And it is a massive book to carry around. The better half said, “Really, this is the book you brought. It’s huge and it barely fits in the bag.”

  19. Northern Narratives says:

    What fun to get tickets. Thanks for sharing the photos. Wish I was there 🙂

  20. scrapydo says:

    Wow, wonderful experience again! Thanks a lot.(Forget about the grey, it still is awesome)

  21. travelwithlaughter says:

    Great post. So cool to have been there.

  22. Novroz says:

    Great photos TBM 🙂
    I love all your Olympic post…at least I know I am not the only female in the blogosphere who enjoys the Olympic 😉

    Congrats to USA for winning the most gold…so far. Sorry I will be cheering for Spain in basketball final 😉

    • TBM says:

      I do love sports, and I’m not picky about what kind. As long as they are fun, competitive, and played with passion. I know a few people who are cheering for Spain. I hope the game provides a lot of exciting plays and is a close game. I love nail biters.

      • Novroz says:

        The game is amazing…it doesn’t matter who win 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I tend to cheer for the underdog each time, which is why I hardly ever win any bets. But I like the fight in the underdogs and their passion.

      • Novroz says:

        Me too 🙂 … unless one of the teams is my favorite team, but if both teams are not my favorite, I cheer for the underdog.

      • TBM says:

        I’ll cheer for my favorite team, even though secretly I want the underdog to win. That’s what I love about sports. You don’t know what will happen and the little guys can triumph. I like that feeling.

  23. Fergiemoto says:

    What an awesome experience! Glad you got to see it.

  24. Caroline says:

    I can feel how much you enjoyed it although I’m so not into sports.
    What’s wrong with the kitty. Is it still his kidneys or bladder?
    They are such cute animals.

    • TBM says:

      Atticus will have to be on medicine the rest of his life because of his kidney disease. Fortunately I just have to pour powder on his wet food and he eats it right up. I hope your kitties are doing well 🙂

  25. I’m so glad that you got to go to this event! It looks like you had great seats, too. (Miles does not look sufficiently impressed though. 🙂 )

  26. Great pictures! Thanks for taking us along.

  27. Carl V. says:

    I am so jacked up with excitement that you guys got to do this! Yay!!!! I was thrilled to hear that they won the game that day, I was so hoping they and the women’s water polo team would win and was thrilled with both results. Your move to London was perfect timing, wasn’t it? You are seizing life out there and it makes me smile that you are doing so.

  28. Funny thing is that I think I know one of the guys who wear the Viking hats, since he put his pic on facebook hahaha… Yes, I can imagine how exciting it was to see the olympics, lucky you! 🙂

  29. Myra GB says:

    Don’t worry about the photo layout, it works fine. I know what you mean about your eyes glazing over when it comes to html codes and such, I leave all that to Iphigene. Haha. What a lovely lovely time you have here! And the pictures are such a gift, I feel like I’m there with you, in spirit. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I need someone like Iphigene. Back in the States I knew several computer guys. They would always fix what I broke and they would only make fun of me for a minute or so.

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