Getting through security at Heathrow took all of 5 minutes (instead of the usual half an hour).
I got a seat every time I rode the Underground.
I stayed at a friend's apartment, but had I chosen to lodge in a hotel, I would have paid significantly less than I would have normally. More on that here.
Most importantly, I walked through crowds overbrimming with good cheer.
Even without a ticket to a single Olympic event, I had the time of my life in London last week.
So the point of this blog is: don't believe the naysayers. Before EVERY Olympics, grouches go on TV to announce it will be a disaster. It almost never is.
And attending an Olympics event--no just being in the vicinity of The Games--is an extraordinary experience. An experience that should be added to the cliched bucket list, right alongside of "African Safaris", "Jerusalem" and "The Grand Canyon".
If you get the chance to hit an Olympics: go!!! It truly is an event you'll remember 'til the end of your days.