My closing thoughts…

Now that it has been a few months since this trip took place, I think it has given me ample time to think about our time soaking in the experience that was the 2010 Winter Olympics.

From the time the Games were announced that they would be held in Vancouver, I had this inner desire to attend. This desire was kept to myself for quite awhile. When ticketing information was announced I got a little more excited and brought my idea up with my parents and brother. They liked the idea and said to keep them posted. As the ticketing lottery deadline approached, we had several family meetings to decide what packages and events to try to get. We submitted and waited… we got 4 pairs of tickets; it was official, we were going to the Olympics! However, 4 pairs didn’t seem like enough for such an international event. So, in June I picked up 4 more pairs via the online ticketing system. That seemed perfect! As time ticked away and the Games grew closer, our excitement mounted exponentially too!

Once there, we became glued to the TV watching the coverage or were visiting with family or taking in the electric buzz that permeated through Vancouver or were experiencing world-class athletes compete live.

Not enough can be said about the feelings and emotion the Olympics brings to an individual. Words will never do it justice and must be felt first hand to truly understand. If anyone ever has the opportunity to experience the Olympics, Winter or Summer, do not pass this up.

The hospitality we were shown by our family and friends made this trip even better, thanks!

People have asked me “how was it?” countless times since I’ve been back and my answer I give them is “trip of a lifetime”. This is the answer that I think sums up my emotions best. Will there be another “trip of a lifetime”? Possibly. This will be hard to beat, but if the Olympics are in North America again, I’ll probably be there to cheer Canada on wearing the red and white. That’s a promise.

I put together a video that showcases our trip put to music by Vince Vaccaro, a local BC musician, and Foo Fighters, my favourite band.

Until next time, its been great sharing my stories with you, thanks again, so long…

Antics in the city

During my time in Vancouver, many of nights were spent exploring the different exhibits, pavilions, and houses for many countries. I spent these experiences most often with my cousin Monique and her boyfriend Jeff. There were houses (really just bars) for each Canadian province and many countries that had athletes. These houses had beer, drinks, food, and entertainment from each of the provinces/countries! The one downfall with the houses was the wait to get in to some of them. Over the course of the Games we managed to make it to many, including the Alberta house, Quebec house and Irish house. Outside the pavilions the streets were crazy, I’m not quite sure if Robson street ever slept.  The streets were full with everything from dancing, screaming, bands to people dancing in fountains! One day at the beginning we cruised Robson Square, the centre of the festivities where there were activities for the family like outdoor skating, games and a zipline. The feeling was of good nature and fun all around. We also checked out a native exhibit that featured First Nations art and carvings. Very cool! Due to mine and Monique’s French heritage and Monique being a French teacher, we went to the Francophone pavilion for a bit one day to see what was happening there.  They had a marching band, which began on the ground and then was elevated on a crane high into the sky where they continued to play as an acrobat preformed above them.

In the city

First Nations carving

Robson Square

Flag wrap

Monique and Jeff

Fountain Dancing

I spent a Saturday with my Uncle Craig and cousin Noah. It was a nice day so we decided to head down to Granville Island. However, the lineup to get on a tram car that had been borrowed from Germany to transport people was so busy that we decided to take the ferry. Walking around there was quite busy, but a splendid way to spend a day in February. This place has a great micro-brewery called Granville Island Brewing; if ever in the Vancouver area, try a bottle or six!

My buddy Eric was in town for a few days, at the end of a trip across the west snowboarding, to catch some of the fever, as well as a Men’s preliminary hockey game. Some pints were consumed while he was there and late nights had. My other good buddy Duncan showed up for the final weekend to watch the Snowboard Giant Slalom. We dined on some spectacular west coast seafood and partied a couple of nights away.  Also, as well as previously mentioned in the last post, we went to the Closing Ceremonies! In his words, “if I knew the Olympics were this good, I would’ve come for more!”

One of the greatest antics in the city was the tram ride home after the closing ceremonies were I happened to pick the right train car where there was a 4 piece band rocking out as people were packed right in and we just partied on; banged the roofs to keep the beat and chanted for more!  Make sure to check out the vid!

The city was full of fun and excitement all the time and it was great to experience it with my friends and family.