First Day in London: Pink, Congested

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

This week, Men’s Health will be reporting live from the London 2012 Games providing an inside look at the athletes, the parties, the streets—and of course, the events. Check back every few hours for updates, and follow musclemorphosis.com and musclemorphosis.com for live updates throughout the Games. 4:37 p.m. And of course, there are even double decker buses to get around the venues. Off to the University of East London to see some members of Team USA before the big day tomorrow. 4:10 p.m. Just scored tickets to Opening Ceremonies tomorrow night (thank you, USOC!). Here is the Stadium by ...

This week, Men’s Health will be reporting live from the London 2012 Games providing an inside look at the athletes, the parties, the streets—and of course, the events. Check back every few hours for updates, and follow musclemorphosis.com and musclemorphosis.com for live updates throughout the Games.

4:37 p.m. And of course, there are even double decker buses to get around the venues. Off to the University of East London to see some members of Team USA before the big day tomorrow.

4:10 p.m. Just scored tickets to Opening Ceremonies tomorrow night (thank you, USOC!). Here is the Stadium by day, and the tickets below! Seriously impressed by how organized and clean everything is here, considering the size of the event.

1:10 p.m. Newspapers, anyone? Right outside Olympic Park, here's an international newsstand with papers from all over the world.

9:43 a.m. There's a lot of pink in London. Pink signs at Heathrow Airport welcoming athletes, their families, and fans of the Olympics; employees of the Games in pink uniforms; and most notably, 3 and 5 series BMWs painted in the color. These cars zoom the official “Olympic Lanes” on London’s streets shooting back and forth from Olympic Village.

Cruising in one if you’re not an official vehicle will net you a£130 fine. And as I sit in traffic—it’s taken an hour and 20 minutes from Heathrow to Piccadilly (my driver says in “normal” bad traffic, it’d only take 40 minutes)—that’s my new goal: ride in one. My driver tells me there are 4,000 around the city.

The radio is reporting that the Prime Minister is urging people to be “polite” to tourists. I’m off to find Olympic Stadium soon—with the help of pink signs and polite locals (I hope).

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