By Charlotte Dunlap | BSU at the Games
Everyone has their favorite sports, their favorite places to dine, to shop, to grab a drink and some sort of bucket list of things to accomplish when we travel.
The streets of London are full of eager bodies attempting to tackle all the hot spots and must-sees in their spare time. Any good traveler knows having some type of game plan is the only way to make the most of a trip. That plan can consist of a to-do list, an itinerary or, as some people call it, “winging it”.
Regardless of their approach, how has London met their expectations?
“I am very surprised with how orderly everything has been arranged,” said second time London-goer Chakri Munipalle from South India, who wanted to show his son “
“There is no traffic jams, no rush anywhere with travel. It’s been very nice,” he said. “We have seen the Opening Ceremonies and it was fantastic. Wasn’t it, son?”
“It was amazing” said Mudrach, Munipalle’s 8-year-old boy.
Embracing her boyfriend as they walked down the windy dock, Georgina Dunn, a London native, was en route to see an art show at the Tate Modern.
“I think it’s been great so far. It has been quite touristy, but that’s not a bad thing,” said Dunn. “But everyone is just so positive, in really nice spirit; we’ve enjoyed it so far.
“And the transports—not too horrendous, which is a good thing.”
Likewise Liverpool resident Alex Turner said he hadn’t had a hard time navigating all the increased pedestrian traffic.
“It seems really really well organized. It seems really friendly. London is always busy, but it has gotten more noticeably busy,” he said.
Turner and his friends were attending multiple events and were very pleased with their trip thus far.
“We went to see the boxing last night and that was really good … and just getting to see the Olympics, that they are actually here ” said Turner.
He went on to share his personal advice to anyone planning on making the excursion.
“Bring your credit card,” he laughed. “It’s expensive!”
Festive and energetic fans lined the wall overlooking the Thames, where the remarkable, not to mention giant Olympic rings were to be found. Decorated in their country-of-choice’s memorabilia, people placed themselves precisely in the right position for their picture to be taken with the rings.
Among them, a British ex-pat named Maryanne, visiting from her home in Canada, was enjoying the general spectacle.
“I think it started off with the Diamond Jubilee earlier on in the year, in June, and now it’s moved over to the Olympics,” she said. “I think people are proud to be part of Britain and enjoying showing the world what Britain’s all about.”
Charlotte Dunlap is a senior telecommunications major at Ball State University and features reporter for BSU at the Games. Follow Emily and the BSU team at@charr_mariee, @bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.