This past Sunday, we went downtown for a friend's birthday dinner. The Olympic celebration has definitely started here! Excitement was in the air and you could really feel that something big was happening. We felt like tourists in our own city!
We live outside of Vancouver proper, but not by much. We're still pretty close. Since we have no Olympic venues in our community, we haven't seen very much change or hype. But today, the torch relay came through our community. It was a beautiful day and thousands of people came out. I guess being on maternity leave has that benefit of being able to go out and celebrate on a Tuesday morning! Erin and I made our way over with just the babies in tow.
When the Olympic torch came through Toronto on it's way to Calgary in 1988, I remember being there. Suzy Higgins was a torchbearer and I went with her sister, Nicole, to watch her. Even that was exciting and the torch was "just passing through"!
I'm excited to be part of this. We hear on the news about the protesters and I've heard many people in the past few months bitch and complain about how "inconveniencing" it is going to be. I just hope all the complainers went out of town because I, for one, don't want them around.
We are hosting the world in 3 days. How amazing is that?!
Checking out the festivities on Granville Street
The Canadian flag at the corner of Georgia and Howe
Georgia and Burrard
Getting the crowd hyped as we wait for the torch to arrive
Go Canada Go!
Charlotte wants to get in on the action
Taking a break to watch the torch come in
I have no idea who the guy was carrying the torch, but I bet he feels proud!
That was my 5 second glimpse of the torch!
Besides seeing it briefly on-stage!