It is the moment I have been waiting for… the opportunity to attend the Olympic Games. I was invited to attend previous Olympic competitions but I was never able to go because of my busy work schedule.
Well, guess what guys? I went to Vancouver, Canada to watch the Olympics and I had a fabulous time! But before this article becomes consumed with the success of the Olympic Games, I am going to share with you what Vancouver; Canada was like during this time.
The atmosphere was amazing. It was a powerful multicultural combination of different people, languages, and nationalism. All throughout Vancouver, there were various tents/buildings that were decorated to represent a variety of countries. For example, the Germans rented a place where they only served German food (the bratwurst was DELICIOUS by the way), played German music and celebrated the Olympics with long row tables where friends met up, drank beers served in tall mugs and watched the games on big screen TVs. The cheers were loud and the Germans were excited every time their team scored. Throughout all the excitement, no matter what countries were celebrating, Canada was the icing on the cake.
The city was alive and colorful with Canadians fully dressed in outfits that resembled the Canadian flag. It was accessorized with matching red and white mittens, hats, sweaters, and yes, sneakers/shoes…lol. The flag hung out the windows of corporate buildings and private residences. The flag was used to decorate cars, restaurants, vendors, bikers; you name it the flag was on it.
Some Canadians were even willing to brave the cold by wearing a painted version of the flag on their bare chest. The streets were filled with patriotic Canadians who were not shy to express their love and support for their country. Canadians honked horns, screamed the national anthem at the top of their lungs, whistled and howled across the street at fellow Canadians every time Canada won an Olympic Medal. At this present moment, Vancouver was amazing and I was truly happy to be in the midst of it all.
The atmosphere was lively and I had fun! It reminded me of New York City when the Yankees won the 2009 World Series. If you are a New Yorker, I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about.
Some of the outdoor games were held on Whistler Mountain. The skiing competitions, bobsled competitions and many more were held there! It was fun to watch! The Winter Olympics was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I am thrilled to share it with you!
See you at the next Olympic Games!
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