Happy Winter Olympics 2010!
Today, the Olympics open in Vancouver - a funny place to have the Winter Olympics in February, as right now it's springtime on Canada's west coast.
We have fond memories of the temperate rainforest climate of Vancouver from when we lived in there in the late 90s - crocuses would be in full bloom by mid-February, with the cherry blossoms following soon afterwards. So the international athletes who are anticipating a snowy, cold landscape in Canada will get quite a surprise in balmy Vancouver!
The Olympic furor has hit Canada in many ways, from sales of colourful Olympic mittens (see photos - mittens courtesy of my mum) to the creation of special websites detailing when different regions' athletes are competing. Click here to see the list of competition times for Saskatchewan's Olympians. And check out the Canadian Olympic stamps - more are scheduled for release on February 22.
Even Gryffin is in the Olympic spirit (sort of)...in the photo, he's wearing a Canadian Olympic Team scarf from the last winter Olympics, although he doesn't really look like he's enjoying it. However, he definitely did enjoy our new Olympic mittens - he sampled their enticing fuzziness earlier and declared them fit to wear.
If we Canadians are experts in anything, it's winter...so go, Canada, go in this year's Winter Olympics! :-)