the olympic torch is making its way through canada and it hit our town!
canada took on the ambitious goal of creating an olympic torch relay that allows 90% of all canadians to be within one hour of a relay path. this is the largest relay in olympic history. how cool? after coming from newfoundland, the torch entered nova scotia and today they came through halifax. the relay route went right down our street in FRONT of our apartment!!
we were out in front of our building around 5:30p. there was actually a runner exchange right where we were. the current torchbearer and olympic officials followed by official vancouver vehicles came down, lit the new torchbearers torch, and off he went past us. there wasnt a big hoopla but the participants and viewers were very excited. lucky for everyone, we had a perfect weather day for hundreds of people to be outside.
anyway, the big excitement (that we didnt go down and participate in) was that local olympians sidney crosby (hockey, duh) and sarah conrad (snowboarder) were the final two legs of the relay for the day. it ended at the base of citadel hill where they lit the community cauldron. apparently they also built a boarding ramp for sarah conrad to go down, but we couldnt find any videos/pics of that.
(the torch arriving; the torchbearer passing our apartment; and one of the CUTE little cartoon guys for the vancouver olympics. mukmuk is my favorite. he was on the back of one of the vehicles. check out all the mascots.)
after the relay passed our house, we went back inside to eat dinner. fun end note of the day: another pregnant woman had emailed interested in joining my budding prenatal group. yay!