Visiting the country houses was one of my favorites at the Olympics. These country houses offered a range of activities and experiences from learning about the culture, enjoying the native and specialty foods and beverages, opportunities to meet and greet athletes and in few cases current medalists and more importantly stores for purchasing team gear and souvenirs. Each house was unique on their own because the activities/events offered were different and some of the houses were closed to the public. I visited all the country houses which were open to the public and few others which were exclusive to members only. Of all the houses I visited, Holland Heineken house, The Czech house, Austria house, House of Switzerland and Casa Italia were my favorites.