I chose Sicily over the Olympics

By , February 13, 2014 6:38 am

If you had the chance to go to the Olympics as a spectator, but didn’t have much choice over which event to see, and still had to pay your way… would you go? You know, just to “experience” it!

Ha ha, loaded question. 

I’ve just been thinking about this, as I watch the 2014 Winter Olympics. When I lived in Rome in 2006, the Torino Winter Olympics were going on. A few of my classmates decided to go, and I think curling was the only event they could get in to see. They went, and loved it. It was crazy-crowded (getting there and back) and quite an adventure, but they had a blast. 

I think now… why didn’t I go? Oh, because I’ve never been in to big group things and crowds. And I was in Sicily:

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However, I think if I had the opportunity to go to the Olympics now, I would love to with Steven, or maybe Steven and a few friends. 

24 Responses to “I chose Sicily over the Olympics”

  1. Gina says:

    Steven…and Gina DERP! I I probably would have gone to Torino. I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics…as a spectator. Even if it was just to see curling. I would want to experience the excitement. Although, Silicy would be hard to pass up.

  2. Rachel says:

    I would have gone. I pretty much love any sport so I know I would have enjoyed being there and experiencing it. When Chicago was in the running for the summer olympics I knew I would do whatever it took to go to at least SOMETHING since it would be so close. Sadly, it didn’t happen. Oh well!

    • kilax says:

      So you were pro-Chicago Olympics! I was just talking with some people the other day about this, and it’s so interesting to hear who did want it to come here. :) I hope you get to go someday!

  3. Heather says:

    I probably wouldn’t have either, and wouldn’t now. As neat it is, and it really really is – though, maybe not where it is this year?! – I hate crowds. (That should tell you how much I have come to love running…I brave crowds for it.)

    • kilax says:

      A huge pushy crowd can take the enjoyment out of a lot of things for me. I wonder if I would feel that way at the Olympics! At least there are lots of races that aren’t crowded :)

  4. I think these are the first Olympics (besides Moscow) that I had no desire to attend, knowing what a colossal mess they’d be. we went o some of the events at the LA Olympics and had a lot of fun.

    • kilax says:

      What made you think they would be a colossal mess? Were people talking about that prior? I was surprised when I starting hearing about things! I must be reading the wrong news for it to be a shock to me!

  5. I went to the Atlanta Olympics and LOVED every minute of it. The crowds were amazing. The atmosphere was charged and beyond exciting. Getting around on MARTA was crappy cuz it kept breaking down but otherwise it was absolutely amazing. I’d go even if I didn’t get to see one event in person cuz they have big screens everywhere streaming events live. I’m seriously trying to figure out if I can swing Rio in 2016.

  6. Marcia says:

    I would go for sure! I loved seeing the Olympic villages in Barcelona and Lillehamer even long after the Olympics were over.

  7. Xaarlin says:

    Welp, I probably would have bailed on the Olympics like you. Although going in a big group could be fun- and getting Into interesting events would be good too.

    With that being said, I have absolutely no desire to go to Brasil for the World Cup or Olympics because it will be a shitshow. Maybe if Chicago got the 2016 Olympics instead of Rio I would have gone just because I’m here. (Or I would have gotten out of town like many of the brasilians are doing for the World Cup)

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha ha. You would have gotten out of town if they came to Chicago, come on! :P I have no idea how Chicago would have been ready in time. I would love to see their plans for it!

  8. Amy says:

    We seriously considered going to the London Olympics but when we looked at what it would have cost us, not to mention the crowds and all the hullaballoo, we decided we’d be better off watching it on our big TV in our comfortable couch at home.

    Be sure to root for our one medal candidate on Saturday if you’re watching speed skating – Bart Swings in the 1500 meter – he goes to the same university (Leuven) as my oldest son!

    • kilax says:

      Oooo! I will have to watch that! That is so cool he goes to Leuven!

      Man. I had so much fun watching London. I wish I could take that time off from work and just watch all day. I suppose I could stream all day! :P

  9. Anne says:

    I’ve actually been to the Olympics! We saw a few volleyball games at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Only being 15 at the time, I went with my parents and my aunt (my brother chose summer school over the olympics, so don’t feel too bad lol). It was a really, really cool experience and I’m so glad that I got a chance to go :) So if you get a chance again, do it!

  10. Erin says:

    That’s a good question! Part of me thinks, yes, I’d go because it might be a once in a lifetime kind of thing. Another part of me, though, thinks that it might just be too overwhelming.

  11. Ooh, Sicily looks nice! I think going to a curling event would be so much fun! I was just thinking the other day that if Chicago had won the bid for the 2016 Olympics, we could have all gone down and watched the marathon run along the streets. *sigh*

  12. bobbi says:

    That’s a tough call! John’s cousin lives in the UK and was in London for the Olympics – I LOVED seeing all her photos! I think it would depend on cost for me. I can’t imagine that it would be cheap to go…but WOW that’s an experience isn’t it? What a cool thing to be able to see first hand…

    • kilax says:

      YOU HAVE A COUSIN IN THE UK AND HAVEN’T VISITED?!??!??!!? May I go visit them? JK

      I think it would be one of those “bite the bullet” “once in a lifetime” things with the cost. If it was local. Ha ha. The travel though? And hotel and all that? Wowza.

  13. Mica says:

    Hmm, if I didn’t really have a choice in what I was seeing and had to pay, then no, probably not. I’d like to go at some point though. It’s kind of a life dream that I’m not pursuing very actively right now.

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