During my time in Vancouver, many of nights were spent exploring the different exhibits, pavilions, and houses for many countries. I spent these experiences most often with my cousin Monique and her boyfriend Jeff. There were houses (really just bars) for each Canadian province and many countries that had athletes. These houses had beer, drinks, food, and entertainment from each of the provinces/countries! The one downfall with the houses was the wait to get in to some of them. Over the course of the Games we managed to make it to many, including the Alberta house, Quebec house and Irish house. Outside the pavilions the streets were crazy, I’m not quite sure if Robson street ever slept. The streets were full with everything from dancing, screaming, bands to people dancing in fountains! One day at the beginning we cruised Robson Square, the centre of the festivities where there were activities for the family like outdoor skating, games and a zipline. The feeling was of good nature and fun all around. We also checked out a native exhibit that featured First Nations art and carvings. Very cool! Due to mine and Monique’s French heritage and Monique being a French teacher, we went to the Francophone pavilion for a bit one day to see what was happening there. They had a marching band, which began on the ground and then was elevated on a crane high into the sky where they continued to play as an acrobat preformed above them.
I spent a Saturday with my Uncle Craig and cousin Noah. It was a nice day so we decided to head down to Granville Island. However, the lineup to get on a tram car that had been borrowed from Germany to transport people was so busy that we decided to take the ferry. Walking around there was quite busy, but a splendid way to spend a day in February. This place has a great micro-brewery called Granville Island Brewing; if ever in the Vancouver area, try a bottle or six!
My buddy Eric was in town for a few days, at the end of a trip across the west snowboarding, to catch some of the fever, as well as a Men’s preliminary hockey game. Some pints were consumed while he was there and late nights had. My other good buddy Duncan showed up for the final weekend to watch the Snowboard Giant Slalom. We dined on some spectacular west coast seafood and partied a couple of nights away. Also, as well as previously mentioned in the last post, we went to the Closing Ceremonies! In his words, “if I knew the Olympics were this good, I would’ve come for more!”
One of the greatest antics in the city was the tram ride home after the closing ceremonies were I happened to pick the right train car where there was a 4 piece band rocking out as people were packed right in and we just partied on; banged the roofs to keep the beat and chanted for more! Make sure to check out the vid!
The city was full of fun and excitement all the time and it was great to experience it with my friends and family.