In 1996, Marc and I shared our first kiss in my parents basement while watching the Atlanta Olympics.
In 2002, I went on strike for the first time (the second time was after working three days here in Chilliwack) during the Salt Lake Olympics. In Alberta teachers are locked out of the school for a strike and I was able to enjoy the entire Olympics from my living room!
For the Men's gold medal hockey game that year we decided to head to a pub on Whyte Ave. Everyone else of course had the same idea but Marc brought in a table from the patio and put it directly in front of the TV for us, we had the best seats in the house!
I remember very clearly the day we found out the Olympics were headed to Vancouver. I had just arrived in Uganda where Marc was doing a medical elective. Internet cafes there at the time were very hard to come by but we found one in the town we were working in and I received an e-mail from my mom telling us the news. I remember thinking that we would probably have kids by then and how fun it would be to bring them to events. We ended up bringing one but it will not have the memory of it like I thought they would. ;)
Anyways, now to the current Olympics. Marc and I were lucky enough to attend some hockey as well as take in the amazing vibe in downtown Vancouver! Our friends Shawn and Karyn had tickets to the men's quarter final game between Russia and Canada and it was an experience that both Marc and I will not soon forget. The electric atmosphere, crazy cheering, amazing win and friendly fans all combined to make this a once in a lifetime experience!
After one of the many goals!
Afterwards we headed downtown to take in the crowds and the sights. This was my second favourite part of the games (after the actual game). There were so many people everywhere and everyone was in such a great mood after Canada's historic win.
We were just about to head home on the sky train when we heard an announcement that there would be a laser show happening in Robson's square in 5 minutes. Marc got these great shots!
The second day we had tickets to the Women's Bronze Medal hockey game. After the great men's game the night before we thought this game would be a bit of a let down but it was actually really fun to cheer for both sides and not feel tense about who would win.
And the thrill of victory with a very large crowd to cheer you on.
On this most beautiful day we headed to Quebec House and ate poutine and then walked around downtown before finding a pub to watch the women's gold medal hockey game.
While walking around and taking in the sights, both Marc and I felt like we were traveling again and not in our own country. People speaking other languages, taking public transit and all the walking we did definitely contributed to this. The first night on the sky train Marc and Karyn talked with some Russian men who had come for 4 days to take in some hockey. They didn't have tickets for the Canada vs. Russia game but were on their way to buy some scalped ones. On the second day we had an extensive conversation with a Czech ski jumper and almost missed our stop in the process.
I thought this picture was a bit reminiscent of the picture below taken in Kenya while traveling. The latte was definitely just as big!
On Day 3 of our Olympic experience we met up with Marc's cousins Rob and Ben and Rob's son Luke. While taking a bathroom break at the hockey game Marc was all of a sudden wrapped in a bear hug. It turns out his cousin Rob had been flown back to Canada from Namibia to celebrate his 40th birthday with his father and brothers at the hockey game!