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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Olympic Flame Arrives

I had my English lesson today at 4 and missed the Olympic flame as it made its way in front of the PolyTechnico, a university close to my home. At about 6:30 p.m., I decided to take the bus downtown to see if there was anything interesting going on. Demetrio was too wrapped up with work stuff to go with me and besides he would not be caught dead on the bus.

The bus ride was short because after about 10 minutes, it stopped completely. Suddenly about 3/4 of the people on the bus got out and ran across the street yelling "la fiamma, la fiamma"="the flame, the flame". I quickly made my way across the street; traffic was at an absolute standstill. Before me was a procession of athletes in vans, police cars, old Italian soldiers on bicycles and then came The Flame. I am not sure who was holding it but he was running and waving to the crowd. It was really a sight to behold and I kept thinking to myself "I may never see this again!" People were waving flags, clapping and shouting. This was the most exuberant crowd I've seen in a while. After the procession ended I walked the chilly 20 minutes home and thought about what a rare event this was and how I should be thankful for a chance to experience it.

This is The Official Site for the Games. As I was watching Matt Lauer on MSNBC.com, he mentions that fact that the Torinese people have a reserved reputation and that maybe "Passion Lives Here", (the Olympic Committee's theme for these games) is an overstatement. You'll have to go to the site and look under NBC News Highlights on the right hand side of the page, to see what I mean. The open ceremony is tomorrow night about 6 blocks from my house. I’ll home safe and sound watching it on T.V.

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At 4:23 PM, Blogger american girl in italy said...

Oh how cool that you got to see it! You are right, it is a rare opportunity! Let the games begin!

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous island girl said...

I was wondering if you'd get to see anything to do with the Olympics! I think it's just awesome that you were able to see the torch. I saw the Today Show this morning and thought about you.

At 11:54 PM, Blogger Judith in Umbria said...

Were you really proud and teary, like I was when it happened here?

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous J.Doe said...

How exciting!

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Gia-Gina said...

Judith, it was the weirdest thing. I was fine until I saw the flame, then all of a sudden I got teary and I was not the only one. Folks left and right were wiping away tears.


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