June 3, 2012
…well I would if sleeping were an Olympic sport.
Daily readers will know that a few weekends ago my mummy came to visit. She came to watch the Olympic tour pass through Cardiff with me, P and my sister, it’s not my daddy’s sort of thing so he stayed at home.
P made me a gold medal when I gave him some leftover clay to play with
I didn’t enter the ticket ballot because even if I could afford the tickets and a trip to London, it would be a massive struggle to handle the trip. With some creativity I have found some ways to get involved. I am inspired by Holidays From Home, a website which sells holidays to those who are bed-ridden. Claire Wade came up with the idea of virtual holidays when she was stuck in bed with M.E.. Holidays From Home are doing a special trip to London this summer but I couldn’t justify spending £30 on it when we’re saving for a honeymoon. Plus I just want to focus on the Olympics really, not a whole visit to London.
So here is my quick guide to a virtual Olympic experience:
The first and most important step to a virtual holiday is preparation. In order to feel like we’re really at the Olympics, P and I are going to decorate our flat with British flags, bunting, etc. I’m going to be searching the internet for ideas over the next coming weeks but we’ll wait until we actually move to our new flat to put everything up – I’ll post some photos when we do.
Next is fun activities, we’re going to invite friends over for championships on games consoles and silly tasks like holding ice in your mouth the longest, and paper tossing. If I can I’ll even make medals. It’ll be like an Olympic party.
Of course, the main event will be watching the games on television. We’re hoping to keep track of the medals we have won (and by we, I mean team GB of course). For me to get excited, I really need to understand what’s going on, so I’m going to read as much as I can about GB’s athletes and begin making a scrapbook. That’s right, a new project. I also want to record interesting and fun facts about the Olympics to put in my scrapbook. This will be a memento for me to keep.
When Claire Wade’s mother took her on a dream trip to Greece, she collected items from friends who had visited there so Claire could imagine she was visiting shops and museums. So lastly, if we can afford it (they’re pretty pricey), P and I are going to buy official souvenirs from the Olympic website as a treat.
I wonder what you’ll be doing to get involved with the Olympics? Any ideas for me and other spoonies*?
Love Katie x
*Spoonies are people suffering from a chronic illness. Look out for a post coming soon explaining where the name came from.
Holidays From Home do lots of other holidays for £19.99, visit their website for more details.