|Outside the olympic stadium|
|Outside the Basketball Arena - ready for some Handball!|
|The Handball court - ready for action!|
|Sarah and Kaya - Austrian Norwegians!|
|Excited Mama and Ava|
|Let the games commence!|
|Awesome save by the South Korean goalie - the ball's right on her foot!|
|Dave and Ava's view!|
|Sarah and Kaya - future Austrian olympians?|
After the game was over, we waved goodbye to Dave and Ava (Dave's back tomorrow night for the athletics, so he was on bedtime duty!) Sarah, Kaya and I moseyed around the park and headed for some grub in the world's biggest McDonalds. Yum. I am a sucker for fast food.
|World's biggest McDonalds!|
|Yummy fast food!|
|Bolt on the big screen!|
1. The atmosphere - buzzing, electric, lively, celebratory, euphoric, alive and kicking... there really aren't enough adjectives to describe the feeling of so many people gathered together and such an air of excitement and expectation.
2. The most amazingly friendly volunteers you have ever come across - seriously. It was the first thing we said as we walked in the park. Every single volunteer had a huge grin, was so helpful, came over and said hello to Ava, asked if they could help us... the retail staff were friendly and helpful and just so positive. It was so different to anywhere else I've ever been...
3. The game - Norway are a great team, and although they perhaps haven't played the best Handball they've ever played in the run-up to the semi's, they seemed totally back on form yesterday. The goalkeeper was brilliant, saving 54% of goal attempts. They were on fire, and were so easy to support and root for... Handball is also a brilliant sport to watch - fast-paced and quick-moving, its certainly not boring, and you're on the edge of your seat for the duration of the match. Brilliant. Definitely a sport us Brits need to get involved in.
All in all a fab day - made me so proud to be British. It was Great Britain at its best - friendly, welcoming and hospitable, and oh so exciting! We had a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime day out - a day we won't forget for many years to come. Let's hope these London Olympics do exactly what they aim to - inspire a generation. Here's our little olympian...