After an amazing week with my family in England, I caught a train from Birmingham down to London to visit Gabby. Quite apart from seeing him for the first time in a month, the atmosphere in the city was terrific because of the Olympics: busy and chaotic, but also carnivalistic. Walking round Hyde Park, we caught the men's cycling finals zooming by. Volunteers everywhere did their best to regiment the crowds with classic British stoicism and humour (see here for my favourite example). I quickly became addicted to jumping on and off the tube. I cannot wait to live there in the near future.