We are 4 days in and I am exhausted. I wanted to make sure that I took advantage of everything I have going for me during these two weeks: I live in the city, I am off work, I don't have kids. I had initially thought that I was the perfect age to enjoy everything...old enough to appreciate it, old enough to drink, old enough to pretty much do anything I want. I forgot that I am now too old to party all night long without any consequences. Not that I've tried because I am also at an age where after a full day of walking and taking in all the sites, all I want to do at 9pm is put my feet up, chillax with some mindless tv and go to bed.
I will definitely make a point of checking out the nightlife but it will be the event of my day when I do - not tagged on at the end of a long day of festivities. It's one or the other for me.
So far I have been loving being out and about. I have spent so much time walking around our fair city (and I don't use the word lightly - this has been the warmest winter Olympics ever - way to go Vancouver) and taking everything in. And there is still so much to do and see.
Highlights so far include:
- seeing the torch
- the 4D movie at the Ontario Pavilion
- the green carpet (AstroTurf) and beers at the Saskatchewan Pavilion
- talking to all the locals and tourists that we wait in lines with
- seeing musicians at Granville Island, way up in the air, suspended from a crane while playing
- celebrating Canada's first home gold with other proud Canadians at Atlantic Canada House
- the glorious weather yesterday dispelling Vancouver's rainy reputation
- seeing groups of athletes(?) from other countries walking around the city (we saw one of the Russians smoking - always surprised to see someone smoking)
- the light show between English Bay and Vanier park
- and hanging out with friends while doing all these things.
I just got a text about going out tonight...looks like it'll either be the Heineken House or Sloan at Atlantic Canada House (which is the backstage lounge on Granville Island - Sloan in a TINY venue = cool).
Glad I'm taking it easy today to gear up for tonight. I'm sure it'll be grand whatever we do.