Getting tickets for the Olympic Games was like gold dust. There was none available, and especially at the right price. I wondered how I would get to see any matches, especially when i was on duty as an Olympic Ambassador too.
I have a close friend in Wales with whom I chat almost every day, but don't often get the chance to see her because of the distance. I also had a few days off due and was hoping to see a match during that time, and began checking the ticket site religiously from then on. Soon I noticed there were tickets available for the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. I had never been to that and had a great brainwave. Why not treat my friend to the match (living in a rural area, that's the only time she would get close to the Olympics before they are finished), and see her and her son at the same time. Bingo!
I booked the three tickets for us and went two Fridays ago to meet them, and it was awesome to see the look of pride and enjoyment on her face, the amazement at all the organisation for the Games and the sheer delight at seeing each other after three years! I was so glad I made the effort to go, and kept it as a surprise for a while. It was really magical.
The only funny part was that she wanted me to wear my ambassador's uniform for her to take pictures with me. Big mistake!! Everywhere I went, people came up asking me for directions to the Millennium Stadium and questions about the match. We thought it was so funny, especially as I hardly knew Cardiff. But the funniest bit was after we got into the Stadium and people started showing me their tickets and asking where they should sit. Hilarious! I had to keep explaining I was off duty.
But a truly wonderful day was had by all. Even though I am all pained from too much walking and enjoying myself, I cannot stop smiling at the thought of our fab day together, of her childlike joy and excitement, and seeing South Korea beat Japan to take the bronze medal. Best of all, the memory of our Olympic match together will be there for a long time to come, along with the genuine happy feelings that came with it.