Light the Torch! Olympic-Sized Romance
The Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia tonight! Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are the American hosts on NBC and you can watch the opening ceremony at 730PM E.S.T.
For those of us in other time zones (*cough cough* Mountain Time), coverage starts at 530 P.M. I’ll be in my last half hour of work, but I’m looking forward to coming home and seeing the new stadium revealed.
Sochi is making history with the grand opening of the Fisht Olympic Stadium. This is the first time a stadium has been constructed specifically for the winter Olympic events. This unique building seats 40,000 people, and was designed to give spectators a view of both the snowy peaks of the Causcaus Mountains and Black Sea.
Whether you’ll be watching the opening ceremony, you can make history of your own with your spouse this weekend.
Light the Torch – Try something new
- Try a new restaurant or style of cuisine.
- Try a new activity to do together.
- Brave a new position in the marriage bed.
- Cook a new dish – try some of these Russian recipes or this drink (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) and food recipe in honor of the Sochi Olympic Games.
- Make your own edible Faberge eggs – a Russian icon – in honor of the new design of the Fisht Olympic Stadium with this recipe from the Food Network.
- Browse Youtube or Pandora for traditional Russian folk songs or listen to traditional Russian composers – Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
- Check your local area for restaurants and bars offering specials and viewing opportunities for the Olympics.
- Check out these ideas for a Couples Olympics game, including making your own medals and trophies from DIY Inspired.
Fan the Flames – Build the romance
- The Olympic Games began in Greece so don a toga and grapevine wreath before heading to your bedroom. The first winter Olympics began in Chamonix, France.
- It’s a Russian wedding tradition to tour the city in a limousine after the wedding civil ceremony and view historical sites. While a limo may not be possible for you and your sweetie, why not carry on the Russian tradition by driving around and visiting some local historical sites this weekend or find a Russian cultural site.
- Russian women, like many women around the world, enjoy when their men give them flowers and read them poetry. Chamomile flowers and crocus are native to Russia. Russia is also known for wild orchids. Go to your local library and find a book of Russian poetry.
- Light candles in your living room for watching the events or in your bedroom for afterward to make for a romantic atmosphere and light “your own torch.”
- Set up an obstacle course in your home, leading to the bedroom with the prize being… “you!”
- This is also a great time to reflect on your own “opening ceremonies.” Remember your wedding day. Watch your wedding video if you have one or flip through your photos together. Talk about what your hopes for the future were then and what they are now.
Share with Us: I’m definitely looking forward to bobsledding and figure skating. What sport do you most want to watch? How will you be celebrating the Olympics?
For more about the Olympic games and to see where I got my research , read For Spectators – Fisht Olympic Stadium, Olympics Opening Ceremony 2014: Breaking Down What to Watch For in Celebration, Sochi 2014 Schedule, Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: first look at the Fisht Olympic Stadium by Populous, and NBC’s 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: viewers’ frequently asked questions.
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