Home Sweet Home

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

I got home and was out like a light the second I hit my bed. Not really surprising considering I had probably gotten about 2 hours of sleep in the last 3 days on the overnight train from Laos to Bangkok.

I was happy and sad to be home. It was so nice seeing everyone and being in a comfortable place that I knew and loved, but it was bittersweet, because I had just lost a month of travel plans due to some other peoples careless mistakes. Stuff I really wanted to see and do will probably have to be left to another time now, another trip, because all of my carefully laid plans had vanished.

But I didn't have time to mope about too much in Vancouver. The Olympics were starting a week after I got back, and I also had lots of things to get fixed, recover belongings. Unfortunately pretty much the day I got home I got sick and didn't move out of bed for the next week.

Then the Olympics started and that was pretty awesome. The atmosphere in Vancouver was like nothing I'd ever seen. I was just getting better as the the Game started up so I was able to watch a lot of stuff, and get out into downtown and just soak up all the craziness and the amazing atmosphere. The national pride being shown by everybody was incredible. I'll never forget watching the first gold medal on home soil by Alex Bilodeau. Seeing it at the big screen at Park Royal was really neat.

Getting into downtown for a lot of the hockey games was also amazing. The win vs Slovakia to put Canada into the gold medal game was insane. I'd never seen crowds like that in downtown Vancouver. Everyone high-fiving and all decked out in their Canada gear for hours after the win. Partying in Robson Square was awesome too.

And of course, I will always remember for the rest of my life, the gold medal game, the intensity, the emotion of everyone watching, the crushing feeling of letting the Americans back in it with 24 seconds to go, and the most amazing moment in overtime when Sidney Crosby won it for Canada.

It was a fitting end to the games, giving Canada their 14th gold medal, which was also the most amount of gold medals ever won by any country in Winter Olympics history. Pretty amazing moment.

After the Olympics and partying were over, I only had 5 days left before I got back into the backpackers business and would be heading back to Thailand, so the next 5 days were hectic to say the least, getting the last few things I needed together again, and getting ready for round 2 of the world.

This time my gf was joining me for 6 weeks in Asia so I was pretty excited about getting back on the road and exploring some more of the world!
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