3:59pm

Sat August 11, 2012
London Olympics

Letters From London: August 11th

Freshly graduated and shipped off to London; Stephen Kasica is on assignment in London for the Olympics. He sent us this missive:

Dear Colorado,

One of the thrilling and rewarding benefits from travel is the moment when something you've seen on TV or read about in novels suddenly becomes real.

A picture of Tower Bridge on a website is one thing. Sitting on top of a red double-decker bus driving under it was another.

Tower Bridge in London with the Olympic Rings
Credit Stephen Kasica via Instagram

It was also surreal to walk into the Olympic stadium, when I had watched opening ceremonies days before as an image inside a TV.

Sometimes the unreal can even become real when you travel. At St. Pancras International Station, a major train station in London, a luggage cart is half-way engulfed by a solid brick wall with a sigh that reads, "Platform 9 3/4" just overhead.

Stephen Kasica

Stephen is a Boulder resident and University of Colorado journalism grad reporting for the CU Journalism News Service. Follow his trip through the 2012 London Olympics on Twitter: @stephenkasica