2018 PyeongChang (Korea), XXIIIth Winter Olympic Games
from 02/09 to 02/25/2018
Previous days before opening Ceremony (05, 06, 07 and 08)
Departure from France on February 5th, flights without incident, landing in Seoul on February 06th at the end of the afternoon, I join Russian friends before spending the night there. PyeongChang 2018, here we come!
On the way to Gangneung on 07/02, main site of PyeongChang 2018, we use the new line of the high-speed train KTX. I travel with my Russian friends but also American and Canadian friends who take the same train. Jeff, an American-Norwegian friend with whom I share accommodation for the next 3 weeks, joins me on the following train. Accompanied by our landlords, we discover our place of life as well as the surrounding neighborhood.
Discovery of the Olympic Park on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, recovery of our accreditations, purchase of tickets, switch to pin trading to greet Amanda, site manager, and visit of a maximum of park sponsors to recover pins.
Day 0 – opening Ceremony – 9 February
A beautiful day, a little cool in the stadium, but a magnificent spectacle offered by the Koreans, PyeongChang 2018 can begin. Meeting with many people in the stadium, some known among our friends collectors, and strangers with whom the discussion begins.