It’s always sad when the party’s over. With yesterday’s conclusion of Sochi Winter Olympics, life returns to normal. I no longer check the TV schedule and set my alarm clocks at strange hours. But what a party! Our national pride swelled to an all time high when the Canadian men’s hockey team captured gold medal and successfully defended Olympics champion title. Canadians across the globe put our lives on hold and glued to the action on ice. Chants of “We Are Winter” “Hockey = Canada” “Go Canada Go” were heard at the stadium, in bars, at homes, in a church, in a mosque, and on social media. Cheers erupted with every goal. Hockey is a key part our national identity and I am proud to be Canadian. Congratulations to all our athletes who represented Canada!
Aside from our love for hockey, Canadians also care deeply about beer. The two just go hand in hand. Due to time zone differences, the gold medal game was broadcast live at 7am in eastern standard time. Yes, our government made a one day exception to the liquor laws to allow bars to serve alcohol at early morning hours! Just because I can doesn’t mean I should. I am not much of a beer drinker so guzzling down a cold one first thing in the morning does not appeal. However, beer is versatile so I made a beer-centric breakfast to cheer on Team Canada.