Olympic Games…

I am slowly becoming a fan of the Olympic Games. Slowly, because like many who live in Vancouver I got a bit sick of all the money being thrown at this event. But now that it has begun, we decided to enjoy it while it lasted. Thursday night we went to see the Olympic flame go past our house. Our son was really happy – not sure he cared about the flame, but there were lots of people, he stayed up later than usual, and there were police motorbikes and mounties on horses! The horses, especially, caught his attention.

Then Friday night we watched the opening ceremony, and we quite enjoyed it until CTV caught the Internet feed at 9 pm. The show was supposed to end at 9. It was late, and we missed the lighting of the olympic cauldron. Needless to say I haven’t forgiven CTV yet. They finally went back live and we were able to rewind and watched what we missed, but it’s not the same. Our son watched the first part of the show and asked us if we could go see it live like the flame. We had to explain that we didn’t have a thousand bucks (each) to spend on the show.

Then last night, we went to Place de la francophonie, on Granville Island, where about all the singers I know from Quebec are going to be playing during the Games. Last night was Mes aïeux, and we went with our boy. He really liked it, and the evening went very well, so much so that we may go back for more shows. I really enjoyed it – the mass of French-speaking people, the music… We brought some neighbors who don’t speak enough French to follow the words, but loved the music anyway. Even the rain didn’t dampen my spirits. I was slightly discouraged by the fact that they sold a poutine for $8, but it’s ok, we didn’t eat there. And our supper did cost $25, but the show was free, so it’s still a pretty cheap evening.

So I’m a pretty satisfied customer so far. We’ll see how things go on in the future…

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