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Happiness is. . . the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

By 02/12/2010January 23rd, 201736 Comments

Friday is the opening ceremonies and although a lot of people left town thinking the influx of people and traffic would be too inconvenient (and I originally thought that should have been me too–on a beach somewhere), I’m happy to be here.

The city is all decked out and there’s lots of exciting free events happening around town which I’ll be checking out as well!

The Boston Globe


Downtown view of Vancouver across False Creek from the Athletes Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Boston Globe

I’m not going to an event because I’m way to much of a princess to stand in line to take transit, to stand in line again, only to battle the crowds again on the way home. . . Give me a helicopter and fly me to the top of the building and a box and I’ll happily go (I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that, but I have a low tolerance for being uncomfortable!), otherwise, I’m happy to feel the excitement, walk around the city and watch it on TV!

We believe we’ll get a gold for the first time on our soil!! Go Canada!

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  • Jennifer, Inside Out Colour and Design says:

    I hear ya, sister. I'm not one to wait in line either or be bothered battling the crowds. I hope it is a very successful event for Vancouver and Canada. Although I HATE the cold and have only stepped on snow twice in my life, I still have to say Go Aussies!

  • fabricfan says:

    The torch was exciting yesterday, but I don't particularly want to do the crowd thing in the rain.

  • Elizabeth says:

    oh how nice to meet a similar girl 😉 I'm the same, I've low tolerance for being uncomfortable, its why I wouldn't dream of going camping lol!
    Elizabeth – NZ

  • Red Door Home says:

    I wish I was there crowds and all! The Olympics hold a special place in my heart. Without trying to sound braggy – my husband qualified for three Olympic trials in track and field but never made the team. The amount of dedication and time these athletes put into their training is something most people will never understand. I would happily stand in line to be a part of it all.

  • Acanthus and Acorn says:

    I would love to attend an event in person as well as an opening ceremony, but I loathe crowds too. I am the sort of person who will happily wait for an empty elevator.
    The only real downside to you missing the opening ceremony is…all the colors!!!! 🙂

  • Jane says:

    Spectacular photos! I'm with you…standing in line, crowds, drama…I do not like it one bit! I'd rather stay home and watch the games on TV.
    Jane (artfully graced)

  • DesignTies says:

    Even though the crowds might be crazy, you're so lucky to be in the middle of all the Olympic excitement 🙂

    Enjoy the next two weeks 🙂

    GO CANADA!!!!!


  • Vanessa says:

    Vancouver is such a great city – I miss it! I lived in Kits and then North Van for 4 years – wonderful memories! Have fun and yes, go Canada!

  • Jennifer Moore says:

    I lived in Atlanta during the 96 summer olympics. There was so much press leading up to it. People went away and those who stayed along with the guests took public transportation in droves. I have never before or since seen the surface streets and highways as quiet as they were during the olympics. I was shocked! As for the lines, I really don't remember there being many at the events. You might be surprised, plus it's the experience of a lifetime!

  • Grace says:

    Go Canada! I'm looking forward to watching the olympics on TV but I wouldn't go either – too much trouble and you get a better view on TV.

  • Karena says:

    I have to agree…no cheap seats for me! Great images….thanks for your comment!I would love to come and visit your turf as well Maria!

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    How exciting! Hope you get to rub elbows with an athlete or two!

  • The Zhush says:

    I can be quite the princess that way too! Crowds of any kind are too much for me…better to watch it from home. Enjoy your beautiful city, sounds very fun and exciting.

  • Herself says:

    I'll be the atmosphere is just crackling with excitement! Have fun!

  • pve design says:

    I think I would brave it, but and quickly forget about the lines, the crowds, the travel – just to feel the crowd's energy as well as be there for the sportsmanship. My sons are at a ski race today, far from the Olympics, but I have great respect for the dedication and the physical test of endurance, agility, speed and discipline.
    Your city is Golden!

  • Laura Trevey says:

    We will be watching on TV as well… Very exciting! have a super weekend Maria!

    xoxo Laura

  • "Yeah, that works..!" says:

    Enjoy it however it best suits ya! I love it when our humble little town host an annuual fall festival that brings gobs of folks from all over. Love the vibe of excitement and stepped up energy!

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Maria, my sweet lovely sister, Canada always wins tons of Gold medals in the Winter Olympics. It's the summer Olympics where Canada should just opt out . . . Hey, Can't you meet me and Luukas downtown on Thursday? We are coming early to check out the Olympic 'stuff' and having dinner before S.E.L.P. . I'll send my helicopter.

  • DesignTies says:

    I've decided that I'll venture into the fray a few times over the next fee weeks. I'm brave!! 😉 I only wish I had tickets to the Opening Ceremonies. Ahhh! That would be grand!!! The thing with gold medals – we've never won one on Canadian soil. But we will this time!!

  • Maria Killam says:

    Thanks a lot dear sister, okay I changed it so I don't continue to sound like a total dork!!

  • Kelly, Arte Styling says:

    How exciting to be in Vancouver right now! And I don't blame you for not wanting to fight the crowds and weather. Have a great time. I'm sure you'll keep us all posted!

  • Carol Ann says:

    I Believe! Go Canada Go!

  • Marina says:

    Wow the city looks spectacular!
    Oh, you should just do it .. and brave the crowds … the atmosphere will be electric!

  • Cristin says:

    How exciting! I love the Olympics and will be watching with you!


  • Gwen says:

    The one and only time that I have been to Vancouver was for the World's Fair in '84. The city did it right then and I bet that it is even more fabulous now. (I feel incredibly old that I can remember stuff from over 25 years ago)

  • Sarah La Rose says:

    I understand completely. I hate crowds and waiting in line. It's not something I'm proud to admit but i know my limits and they are it! Have a great weekend and enjoy the excitement in the city!!

  • kerrisdaledesign says:

    I'm getting the Olympic fever here too! Though we didn't get tickets either (I'm with you on the crowds, long lineups, etc.) I'm so excited to see our city host this big event! Sounds like it's all decked out and can't wait to make the trek in to just see the sights and walk around (wearing our red and white of course!). Go Canada!!!


  • AB HOME Interiors says:

    Go team Canada! Wow Vancouver is so PRETTY! I wish Nashville looked like that!

    Ya know, if you charged more for your services, maybe sold some candy on the side ( it has SUGAR in it!) you just might be able to afford a helicopter! hehe

    Im with you, I get cranky in crowds!

  • Carmie - the Single Nester says:

    I love the Olympics and cannot wait to watch the Opening Ceremonies. Having been to Vancouver, I can say it is a great city. But, where is your snow? As I was shoveling for 2 hours the other day, I thought of shipping some up your way.

  • Traci Zeller Designs says:

    Hooray for the Olympics! Unfortunately, I feel much the same way – no tolerance for crowds and long lines; I'll take the box! Otherwise, front row seats for the television are just great. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    yeah, go attend some snazzy event where you can rub elbows with those who helicopter in. maybe they can give you a lift!

    thanks for the compliment on my new living room rug- that's really sweet of you to say!

  • Marlo says:

    What a fantastic Olympic opening! Way to go Vancouver!

  • Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury says:

    Watching the opening right now, everything's so beautiful. When the Olympics were here in 84, I did attend a few track and field events but it was just as much fun to walk around outside the venues and soak in the atmosphere. Have fun Maria!

  • kim says:

    What beautiful photos of Vancouver. Thanks for sharing and I sure hope you get snow there soon. Funny in the south we have all this snow and cold and you are not getting it. Nature is strange sometimes.

  • Candied Fabrics says:

    Hooray! Canada just got there 1st gold in Men's moguls about 30 minutes ago! You live in a beautiful city, enjoy the attention, you folks deserve it!

  • Susan says:

    Firstly darling, there's nothing wrong with being a princess lol.

    I would love to be on your coast. The atmosphere, excitement and pride of hosting the events must be contagious.

    I'm so very proud to be a Canadian and to cheer on the many athletes who put their heart and soul into their passion of being the best.

    Great post, we have gold now.

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