Happy Birthday to Me #SundayTraveler

Nearly 3 weeks ago, I turned 26! I can't believe I'm no longer counted as a "youth"- I can no longer apply for a Young Persons Rail card, I'm officially An Adult.

I don't feel it.

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, I tend to try and see things I've always wanted to, and then it came to my attention that The Olympic Swimming Pool was open! Swimming is a bit of a passion of mine, though I don't do it as much as I want to these days (work gets in the way). The thought of swimming in the same pool as Rebecca Adlington and Ellie Simmonds was amazing.





It was really easy to do, too, and not at all busy. Which was great! To swimming in the Olympic Competition Pool you have to swim two lengths (100ms) comfortably. Though there was no one checking that when I got there. I shared the pool with just 8 other people. It was very simple to book, I just went online and paid the fee- of just £3.50 for an hour and turned up at the time given. It's simple to find, you just follow the signs out of Stratford station, through Westfield shopping centre and then you're there. 

Now, it is absolutely not allowed to take pictures in the pool, so the below picture is absolutely not at The Olympic Swimming Pool








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  1. I love that you can swim there, what a great idea! I am still gutted that I missed the olympics in London and have yet to visit the site, this expat life does have it's downsides - mainly all the things I miss out on/miss at home! :D

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    1. Isn't it? I'm really glad they opened it to the public, and it's great because the London City Council want to encourage exercise so swimming in a public pool is a fixed price which is great!
      I used to be an expat, and there were things I really missed (like fish and chips!) but honestly, I really don't like living in the UK and don't see it as a permanent option at all. I have thought about moving to Germany, and The Netherlands as well as back to Spain.

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  2. Happy birthday, you may no longer be "youth" but you're still very young! I didn't know the olympic pool was open to the public, I think that's great. I love your photo of not-the-olympic-pool!!

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    1. Thanks, Phoebe. Yeah, it opened on March 1st, so I was one of the first members of the public to swim there, which is awesome. The rest of the Olympic Park opens beginning of next month (but I don't know what they're doing with it).

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  3. How Fun and Happy Birtthday! I think that is super cool that you can swim there ~ I would have never known that!

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    1. Thanks Stacey, isn't it?! Also it's only open to adults and competent swimmers so not just *anyone* can go so you're not sharing your session with people who can't swim- which helps when you can :)

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  4. Happy Birthday you old duck! What a tops idea that they now let you swim there, and I think that price is okay - but could be less I think. Again Happy Birthday.

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    1. Thanks!
      It actually costs more for an hour's session in my local swimming pool than it did for me to swim there!

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  5. What a nice way to celebrate your birthday - doing something you love in an historical spot. It's always nice to explore someplace new in your backyard, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, I think it's always good to see places in your own country. Especially because when I'm travelling I meet Aussie's or American's who want to hear all about those sorts of things.

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  6. Happy Birthday! That pool that is definitely not the Olympic one looks like a great place for a swim. :D

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  7. Don't let your loss of the "youth" label take away your youth, though - you can be young at any age! Cool pic that was totally not taken inside the Olympic swimming pool!

    And if you're ever around Europe, there are train discounts to be had at any age - like the BahnCard 25 in Germany :) http://www.germany-travel.org/bahncard-25/

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  8. Happy birthday! I had no idea you could go swimming at the Olympic pool. I would totally do it.

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  9. Very cool post! Glad you got to do something interesting on your birthday

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