Beauty day and boy is this a sweet condo
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This was one of those days it is sweet to be a tour bus driver. I was told early in the day they did not need me but as I was not in my home city I got paid anyway. I also was given an expense account for all my meals. I love when I am given money for eating because I am pretty much allergic to my kitchen so I rarely use it even when I am home. So when someone gives me extra money for meals I would have bought anyway it is a bonus. That said Whistler is built to take money away from tourists as fast as possible so it is not really as cheap to eat as Vancouver.
In Whistler my company rented a 3 bedroom condo just up the road from the main village. In my years of traveling, both for pleasure and work, I have stayed in dozens of hotels of all calibers.
The condo was a two floors and it looked like it could sleep a very large family. My room had a king size bed and there was another room upstairs that had the same. Across the hall was another room that had two twin beds and a two person bunk bed. The place was fitted out well with a full size kitchen, not one of those mini kitchens I often see in places I stay. It even had two full bathrooms, one up stairs one on the main floor.
Like most modern places the TV was a flat screen but this one was very large, in the 50 inch range. I got to watch a lot of the Olympics on this very large TV while being paid. The only thing I did not like was that the TV and the cable box had different remote controls and it did seem to take a bit of extra brain power just to get the TV to power up.
As I had the day off I mostly walked around. The weather was super warm, like we were having a early Spring, so I spent a lot of time just wandering around the village. I have been working around Whistler for years so the village is nothing knew to me but there was a huge amount of special energy in town.
At the base of the mountain someone had erected a massive big screen TV. I mean this thing was huge, a least the size of a screen a large movie theatre. You could watch the Olympics on this screen as you lines up for the lift up the mountain or from a patio of about a half dozen bars that are located next to the lift. The feed was from the local TV station, TSN, and often they were broadcasting one of Canada's most popular sports, curling. I wonder what people from a lot of countries thought as they tried to learn the rules of this sport while drinking good Canadian beer.
Another funny thing I noticed was in the bus parking lot. Off to one side was a pile of snow shovels and bad of rock salt to melt the ice. During the Olympics this equipment was never used and likely never even got scratched. Funny to think a 17 days winter event would not need to use any winter safety equipment. I took some photos to remind me how warm this so called winter event was.