About an hour ago, I realised that I had a headache.
I did my usual. I put my glasses on. I took some Panadol. I drank some water. Nothing worked.
Then I figured out the source of the headache.
Our ridiculously large new television has been turned off for a total of twelve hours since its purchase on Friday afternoon. And in those hours, I was sleeping.
We kicked off with the Opening Ceremony, which I frankly found a bit of a letdown; sure, the James Bond and Rowan Atkinson bits were great, but it was disjointed and some parts just didn’t make sense. Paul and I got through it by playing the drinking game; we had to drink if ‘Team GB’ was mentioned, if Usain Bolt came on the screen, if the Royal Family looked awkward, if we heard Danny Boyle’s name, or even if a country’s flagbearer was hot. We ran out of alcohol before the flame was lit.
Over here in the Netherlands, I don’t have the pro-Aussie commentary. With myriad channels to choose from, I have the choice of four flavours; Dutch, German, Belgian or British. For language reasons I’ve mainly stuck to the British, which means that I’ve been transported back to Sydney in 2000, when we falsely assumed that our team was so large because it was so good.
No, it’s because as host nation, you automatically qualify for every event. I’ve watched the BBC gush over British beach volleyballers, basketballers and fencers; when it came to events that they are actually good at, like the men’s road race yesterday, they claimed a medal before it had even started. They’re amusing me in the absence of Eddie.
My sports of choice this time around have been archery (such drama!) the kayak slalom (makes me tired just watching) and the good old swimming (gotta love beating the Dutch).
Tomorrow we’ll be on the 6.57am train from Rotterdam to Brussels, where we’ll then change for the Eurostar for London. Our plan tomorrow is to soak up the atmosphere, wander around town and catch some action on the big screens. Our first events will be on Tuesday, when we’ll be seeing the judo during the day and the basketball at night.
So I’m off to bed as soon as the swimming’s over tonight. Hope I can sleep!