There is a mood that seems to settle upon an Olympic host city on the day of the Opening Ceremony. Not unlike the mood that befalls an athlete before a competition, a student before a test, or a patient before a doctor's appointment; a nervous calm, apprehension, unease. The tension builds throughout the day, a pulsing energy that leads up to the start of the Ceremony.
Like uncorked champagne, a successful Opening Ceremony can spill fourth energy and positivity over the entire course of the Games. When the hosting public is happy with their depiction in the Ceremony, that happiness can spread, like pollen on the wind, across an entire country and across nationalities. Tonight, I hope a nation full of Britons are going to bed happy.
I enjoyed the ceremony with about 5,000 locals in a small park near my apartment in the historic neighborhood of Greenwich. Below are my personal thoughts on tonight's show. I'm currently writing this after the Opening Ceremony, and it may be posted before the Ceremony has been aired on NBC. Consider yourself warned for spoilers. All of the following photos were not taken by myself, but by my friend Martin who was in attendance.