Tokyo 2020
pre travel, tokyo 2020

Gearing up for Tokyo 2020

If you’re going to do something once in a lifetime, it makes sense to go big.

Right?

I need reassurance as I gear up for Tokyo 2020. (Yes, I am referring to the upcoming Summer Olympics!)

We have spent a lot of time waiting in virtual lines on multiple occasions for Olympic event tickets. I’ve lost count of the number of times we have tried for tickets. We lucked out in October and were able to snag tickets for women’s soccer and basketball.

And, today, we again “waited in line” for another release of tickets for U.S. citizens.

When tickets went on sale, the web page refreshed and showed that there were 11,360 other people in front of me in line! Bryce pinged me and told me that 2,783 people were in front of him.

It appeared as though he would have way better odds at getting another pair of tickets than I would be.

And, he was. For a price. Obviously we needed to pay for the beach volleyball tickets he was able to secure. But, he also had to pay an additional $35 to change his address because we have moved since the last time we bought Olympic tickets!

An extra charge for a change of address? It seems a little bogus.

And, maybe I shouldn’t be complaining because there are thousands and thousands (or more?) people who haven’t been able to purchase a single event ticket. We’ve been lucky enough to buy tickets for multiple events!

The only reason we even tried for more tickets today is because originally we had planned to watch the women’s marathon along the course — which is free, and you don’t need a ticket for — but, the Olympic Committee changed the marathon location from Tokyo to Sapporo! Sooo, it is no longer feasible for us to watch the marathon live. As a distance runner, I am really bummed about this, but it is what it is. Now this “open day” will be filled with going to see beach volleyball!

And, all these costs are adding up … but, as my cousin said, “This is a once in a lifetime experience!”

I won’t say I will never go to the Olympics after Tokyo 2020, but there is a high probability that this will be my one and only.

So, I’m going to go big. And, I’ll try not to feel guilty about it.

Tokyo 2020Photo taken at Narita Airport during my last trip to Japan

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