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Torch Relay

To-day was the turn of North Vancouver to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay. I had stopped to pick up a few things at our local shopping center mid-morning, to find it had been taken over for the next two weeks by the Olympics and is now the “Valleyfest” for the North Shore. I haven’t a clue how we are to grocery shop in these weeks, the vast majority of the parking is now a stage and various amenities, I am sure we will work around it.

On route to the center, the torch would pass very close to where I live about five minutes down in fact, so off I went, to find a lot of other people had the same idea, including the local elementary school.

From what I hear the route has been lined with flag wearing folk, wearing red mittens the whole way, it was a great feeling. The picture was taken about ninety minutes ago.

I was in downtown Vancouver early this morning and the atmosphere is electric. It was the same ninety minutes ago when that torch passed by. This from one, who really wasn’t all that positive about the whole idea of having the Olympics here in the first place…..I am getting in the spirit!!

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Feb. 10th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not seeing the picture. :( Check the link code, maybe?
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Not too sure what is wrong as I am seeing it?
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Yay, I can see it now!
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I had to re-load the picture from my computer, there seems to be something wrong with the scrapbook function.

Thanks for pointing it out.


Edited at 2010-02-11 01:54 am (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
I don't see it either :-(
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
I have re-entered the code, see if that works now.
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
:-( still not working...
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
OK. I have uploaded it from my computer rather than scrapbook, is that working now? It is fine from my end.
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
YES! Now it's working *g*
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Claudia, Thank you for helping. *Hugs*. There must be a problem with scrapbook.
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
yes, I feel exactly as you do. My hub was downtown today and reported the same thing. The torch will come to Port Moody tomorrow.
Feb. 11th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I was rather surprised I felt this way; enjoy it tomorrow.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
That is so awesome. I would have been in tears the whole time. But I am an Olympics fan. I love the idea and the ideal of it.
Feb. 11th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I have always loved the idea and the ideal of the Olympics, it is the politics I am not so keen on.

The atmosphere in the city is quite amazing, reminds me of Expo'86:))

Feb. 11th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Everyone loves Canada so it should be a great Olympics! I'm looking forward to them.
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
I understand why you're getting in the spirit. I love events like this, the idea of the olympic torch, all these traditions. yeah wow.

I was telling my mom about the lack of snow, she said you could have hers. She's the true sportfanatic of the family, and she'll be glued to the telly for the next couple of weeks. ;)

Feb. 11th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
It has surprised me that I really am getting into the spirit of it.
I am hoping to go and see some of the pavilions of the different countries, I think those will be interesting.

So the sports fanaticism is a genetic trait!!! I hope your Mun enjoys it...looks like all will be ready on the snow front here, and Whistler has an over abundance of the stuff~s~

Hope you are feeling a bit better:))
Feb. 11th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
There must be a great atmosphere.

It might be in the genes, but I'm most foot and handball, tour de france and occaisionally curling, like when there's a chance of Olympic metal.
Mum is passionately watching tennis, every thing involving ski and skates, and well everything really.

No headache this morning, so better yes, thanks ;9
Feb. 11th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
I often surprise myself by enjoying things when I didn't expect to. Something about the atmosphere when you're actually there isn't it?

I'm not a great sports fan, but my years spent immersed in the world of ancient Greece have given me fond feelings for the basic ideals of the Olympics :))

Hope you enjoy the whole experience!
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
It did surprise me but I am happy To feel that way.

There is a lot to see and do so we will likely go over few times and have a look. The sporting events will be watched from the comfort of my couch!! though I am sure the remainder of the family, wouldn't have said no to tickets to the hockey final:D

Thank you, I think I might just do that:))
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
I didn't make a conscious effort to see the flame when it went through town. I had finished having coffee with my cousin that morning, and left her to grab some groceries and walk home. When I crossed the street with a bag full of groceries, I saw the crowd standing on the steps of our town hall. I stopped and watched and felt a wave of pride wash over me as the runner took off with the torch held high. I also choked up a little. :)

I'm glad your feelings have changed a bit. I think you're lucky to live in that lovely part of Canada!
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
It was quite an emotional experience, which did surprise me.

Downtown itself is a living breathing entity just now, the atmosphere really is electric.

Have just watched Tessa Vitue and Scot Moir and though I am now expert they looked great to me. I hope you are enjoying the skating:))
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
I just watched Tessa and Scott! They were sublime! Though I'd like to see them and the two top American teams ahead of the Russians who are sitting in first, I think Tessa and Scott are in a great position. They only get stronger with each portion of the competition.

I think it must be an amazing experience to participate in your home country in such an event. I was thrilled for them and thrilled to hear the audience clapping so loudly to the music! I've taken vacation days Monday and Tuesday so I can stay up late to see how they and their teammates and the Americans do! :D
Feb. 20th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
I love the audiences, they cheer for everyone, certainly more so for the home athletes but no-one is left without. I haven't seen that in other world events.

Enjoy your days off...all fingers will be crossed:D
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