And with the hint of an accent it all flooded back … Vancouver 2010

Funny how history repeats itself.  A year ago, I was somewhat blassay about the Olympics being in this fine city of ours. The Olympic Committee had not been especially warm or welcoming to locals, but a few of the Houses changed all that for me, especially La Maison de la Suiss and Saxony House.  Oh and how did I love the music at the Saskatchewan Pavilion and all the fantastic Arts at Atlantic Canada House! Well, I’ve been feeling a little the same way as the one year celebration got under way this weekend, that is until a heard a German accent yesterday and then I was taken right back, burning red face and all.

You see for me the Olympics weren’t really about the games or sport at all. They were about the people I met, both local and from around the world and in sharing in our traditions from music and celebration to food and beer.  Oh and there were some fine beers – thank you Saxony House, I get teary eyed just thinking about those tankards.  I’m happy to provide you with an address for a care package.

Saxon-Canadian Relations (aka Being a good Canadian Diplomat.)

So we all need goals, especially around games, and that I had, just like any of the athletes.  My goals were two fold.

  1. Enjoy as much food, drink and music from all around the world, as possible.
  2. Encourage International Relations by hosting a little competition of my own against my darling hummingbird604.  How you ask?  Well, our own Olympic Sport of seeing who got more Olympic dates.

Now, this really set a great purpose and tone to the Games as things got off to a roaring start in our Olympic Event.  The Opening Ceremonies alone I had three dates.  Needless to say, despite the odds, I was leaving Raul behind in a white wash.

Olympic Dates 2 & 3 (Yes, they happened at the same time, as did Date 1 - he's taking the pictures. I'm not a girl that wastes time.)

That was until this Saxon fellow got in the way, and turned me head over heels in a hunt for unrequited love.

Stealing a Kiss

Not wanting to lose though, I tossed my heart aside and still managed to get in a kiss or two:

Thats when Raul pulled off the mittens and started playing dirty, deeking me out and landing me a very real Olympic romance and case in International Relations in my lap.  Now, I’m not one to smooch and tell, but lets just say that that German accent yesterday was all I needed to take me right back to Vancouver 2010 and turn my face as red as a beet.

Faced with nostalgia, I think I’ll dig up a bit of our unused footage to share with you in the coming weeks.  Who knows it might even help to me cure of this past year’s weakness for foreign men.

Chocolaty Kisses Thanks to the Swiss

For the past week I have been cursing the Swiss for putting me on a roller coaster ride of jet set proportions.

You see the problem is that they are such teases. They start out my week, wining and dining me on CHEESE and CHOCOLATE. Just take a look at the dessert they placed in front of me:

Not to mention my dining companion, flown in from the Swiss Alps, just for me!

Now having been buried in deadlines, I finally felt alive again! And alive with Swiss dreams. Only problem was they left (without me) and didn’t so much as leave behind a chunk of cheese.  Such teases!  You see what I’m saying:

They did however leave me chocolate lip balm to lather over my lips, which I thought was rather delightful.  That is until the non-stop chocolate cravings set in and not a morsel of Swiss chocolate in the house to satiate the cravings.  Such teases!

Thankfully, I finally figured out that I was not quite using that lip balm correctly.  You see I was using it on my own.  That is one lip balm that is meant to be shared! ;-) Loving the way the Swiss think!  And there is one good substitute to fine Swiss chocolate!!!  Thank you Switzerland!!!

Chocolaty Kisses,

Emme xoxo

Swiss Miss

I’ve always had a fondness for the Swiss, thanks to Stefan and his serenades.  Well … that fondness only grew yesterday after attending the opening of Maison de la Suisse.

Maison de la Suisse

Maison de la Suisse at Bridges on Granville Island

Very quickly I came to the realization that Switzerland is a Nation that has a fondness for many of the same thing as me – good cheese, chocolate, sausage, wine and views. And best of all, they shared this with those of us that joined them for the Opening. One Swiss gentleman, even let me bite into his schnitzel. Nom, nom, nom nom …

A View from Switzerland

A View from Switzerland

Never fear if you missed it yesterday, they are open for the public from now until February 28th, daily from 8 am – 1 am.  Here’s what you can expect if you visit:

  • Different yummy samples each day of cheese, chocolates, coffee, biscuits, and ricola.
  • St. Moritz Musicians daily at 2, 5, 8 and 10 pm.
  • Commercial Free Live Broadcast of the Games.
  • A great view!

Dreaming of a Swiss Chalet

Click here for their full schedule for Vancouver and Whistler. And a few dates to mark on the calendar:

Cheering on the Swiss

  • Swiss Day Vancouver today 3 – 7 pm
  • Kids Story Time with Globi in Vancouver Wed Feb 10, 10 – 11:30 am & 2 – 3:30 pm
  • Kids Story Time with Globi in Whistler Thurs Feb 11, 10 – 11:30 am & 2 – 3:30 pm


Emme xoxo

In Honour of the Swiss

Okay, so admittedly have no idea what these Swiss gals are singing, but they are cute and make me smile, which is exactly what the warm welcome at Switzerland House made me do this afternoon.

Oh and did I mention the yummy cheese and chocolate …..mmmmm….. I love the Cultural Olympiad!