A Canadian called Gwendominica surprised herself when she discovered that she had not forgotten her zest for hockey, as she succumbed to Olympic fever on a beautiful hot sunny afternoon in Dominica. She perched on the edge of her sofa, riveted to the TV screen as the Canadian women’s hockey team battled it out with good neighbours to the south for the gold medal in that winter sport. It was an incredible game – fast, tight goal-tending, a little rough but well monitored by tough referees. The American friends were leading by 2 -0 at the end of the second period. As she chanted “Canadian girls have got what it takes!” over and over, the far away countrywoman sensed that the young compatriots received the message telepathically. After a two goal come-back in the third period, the Canadian winning goal in sudden-death overtime could only be described as “sweet.” The delighted expatriate resisted yelling and screaming; she didn’t want to frighten the cat. Besides, what Dominican could possibly understand all the commotion if it wasn’t the West Indies team winning a cricket match!
To all the Canadian athletes and their coaches in Sochi, Russia, I want you to know that I sent you ‘good vibes’ daily from the Nature Isle. I thank you for your dedication, team spirit and grace in both success and defeat. I have fingers and toes crossed that the men’s hockey final against the determined Swedes on Sunday February 23rd will have the same outcome as the women’s last game. You go, Team Canada! You have already made me very proud.
UPDATE: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23rd: O CANADA! I am wearing a smile that I am sure can be seen from one end of Dominica to the other. Congratulations to the Canadian Men`s Olympic Hockey Team who shut out Sweden 3 – 0 for the Gold Medal! I will be wearing red and white and my Canadian Flag lapel pin for the next few days. Way to go, CANADA!!! : )
It should be obvious to readers of Ti Domnik Tales that I am a proud ‘Dominican by adoption’ too. I was thrilled to be asked by the good folks at the highly popular Backpack ME international travel web site if I would prepare a guest post about a favourite Dominican meal, to be included in their feature, ‘Around the World in 80 Dishes’. I accepted, with immense pleasure. I definitely love Dominican food, almost as much as a great Canadian hockey game!
And yes, a Canadian specialty is highlighted too. It’s found here at # 23. I highly recommend that you devour the descriptions of all 80 food offerings from numerous countries on the planet. With so many appealing and well-prepared selections to vicariously challenge our taste buds, I like to think of it as a food Olympics. Enjoy!
Congratulations to all the Olympians from around the world who participated at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Like a good meal, you made people feel satisfied and your impressive performances went down really well.