Is it Sunday yet?
Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
12Trip End Feb 21, 2010
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It's Wednesday, that means there are two more sleeps until the Opening Ceremony that starts at 6 pm Pacific Time on Friday. I absolutely can't wait for it to begin. Since I'm not flying out West until Sunday morning I'm going to watch it at home with my mom and grandma who is visiting us from Poland right now. I've already warned them I'd be embarrassing myself by crying throughout the ceremony as, somehow, Olympic openings and closings always get me, and I'm normally not big on crying in any other circumstances. Anyway, a new box of tissues has been set aside for me. ;)
I'm really looking forward to seeing what VANOC has in the bag for us for the opening ceremonies. No embarrassing singers, please! That's the only thing I'm asking. And there's also the question of who will light the cauldron. Personally, I hope it's Wayne Gretzky. Yes, I do realize that he's turned "commercial" (which I have nothing against, frankly, especially since his restaurant in Toronto is AMAZING and has been a fabulous host of my Birthday party last Friday), his wife's name has popped up in a betting scandal a few years ago and that they have been living out of Canada for a while. BUT, still, no sports figure is better known and widely worshiped in this country. After all, he was the brain behind the 2002 Men's Hockey team that won the Gold Medal in Salt Lake City. Plus, Wayne seem to be a Cool Cat. He gets my vote.
So, after the cauldron is lit, I'm going to have whole Saturday separating me from the moment I leave for Vancouver. Still no idea how I'm going to survive this day, all ideas are welcome. Don't say packing because that has already been taken care of. However, if you want to hide in my luggage I'm sure something can still be arranged. ;)
I'm counting days till when I finally set my foot in Vancouver, have been since that sunny 2003 Summer day in Cannes, France when I first found out Vancouver would be hosting the Games from a local newspaper. I remember being very excited about the news as I was set to move to Canada a few months later. But at the same, I was thinking about how distant 2010 was.To realize the Olympics are just days away is truly mind boggling to me. But it also reminds my about a funny story from my childhood. At the time of the last Winter Games hosted by Canada (1988 in Calgary) I was just 4 years old. I recall watching skating on TV and being fascinated by it to the point where I would glide on frozen pools in my native Poland while enthusiastically screaming: "Calgarrrryyyy" on top of my lungs. If back then somebody have told my I'd be able to the next Canadian-hosted Games I wouldn't have believed it. Or maybe I would, when you are a kid you believe everything is possible (something we tend to lose along the way as we grow up, sometimes).
As some of you are probably well aware of, I'm going to the Olympics with a ton of emotional investment in one particular sport and event, that being Men's Figure Skating. But I believe that deserves a separate blog entry. Stay tuned.
Hope you'll enjoy following my Olympic journey.