A few days ago we were treated to a downpour of Olympic proportions. I had the good fortune of being caught out in this monsoon on the wrong side of the Olympic Green, with no ticket to cross it, no umbrella, no raincoat and not a cab in sight.
I was at the Green to pick up Lenovo tshirts so I could head to the Athletes' Village and help set up new athlete bloggers for Lenovo's Voices of the Olympic Games project. Since I could not get on the Green, and the person I was picking them up from could not leave, we were going to do a quick through the fence hand off. Needing to get across the very large green to be in position, I ran over to a volunteer booth where there were 15 Chinese volunteers huddled together wearing ponchos, and practicing saying "Would you like a poncho?" The word poncho was a tough one, so we practiced it a few times as a group - which might have been the only thing that could have made me laugh at that moment.
Here is a video of how I got across the Olympic Green with no ticket. Watch and learn kiddies.
Sadly, I accidentally deleted the dramatic conclusion to this trek, which saw Harry and I traipse across the Green, us exchanging pins after he states, "I hope we can be friends", and me waiting in line for a taxi outside the IBC. It actually wasn't that sweet - just more water logged Catch Up Lady!