Monday, March 31, 2008

Just the Two of Us

Or so you would think – as a couple enjoys a bit of peace at the lake in the middle of the Olympic Park. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than three decades since the 1972 Olympics, yet the site is full of life. It’s even more difficult to believe that 166 million paying visitors have experienced the site since then, not to mention all the ones who just visit for a walk, jog or rollerblade through. Every year more than five million people pay for one of the many services at the park – 72,000 seat Olympic Stadium, 16,000 seat Olympic Hall, the tower, tennis courts, swimming pool, aquarium, Ice Center, etc. Contrast that to similar Olympic sites around the world that struggle to find its identity only years after the games. That’s it…sports complex, entertainment center, hideout for two.

2 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

I would hope that sense of timelessness and ongoing enjoyment would be the goal of all venues made for grand sporting or exhibition purposes. The events are typically short while we mere mortals lives continue on after the hoopla has subsided.

Mia said...

I hope you keep posting! I live in Munich as well and really enjoyed reading through your discoveries.

I also post some photos, including the one of the half-naked girl statue near the isar.
www.flickr.com/photos/milk-run

thanks!