a thousand miles...
Vancouver Travel Blog› entry 2 of 5 › view all entries
February 22nd, 2010 – by: Dolphintrekker
Today felt like a Summer Olympics, it was quite warm and completely sunny, ok, maybe just a bit chillier than San Francisco, but a lot less colder than I thought it would or should be. I didn't need to pack Hot Chilly's afterall, but we'll see how conditions hold up in Whistler.
We decided to start the day early because we had to pick up game tickets at two different locations. We hit Yaletown first....ok, why were all the eating establishments still closed at 9a?!?! Though we snacked on some fruit salad before leaving the house, we were still hungry for some heavy duty breakfast....could not find one, except for Blenz, which is comparable to, but more eclectic than Starbucks, I mean c'mon, they serve Samosas =)) Surprisingly and irritatingly, the trend of the day seems to have been the lack of eating establishments, good or otherwise. There are a lot cafes but no sit-down restaurants, and this is within the heart of the city =( Instead of grossly over snacking like Alma and I normally do on trips, we would walk blocks on end looking for a place to eat, but would instead get sidetracked by a bevy of Olympic memorabilia and photo ops.
With that aside, the city's energy throughout the day was just electric....the country's patriotism, optimism, and camaraderie were in full display. Locals were just all too willing to help out confused tourists (ahheemm) without being condescending, mean-spirited or disrespectful. Now, I can't tell if its because of the Olympic spirit, or just the Canadians in general, I'd like to think it's the latter. Also, know that if a local asks where you're from, don't respond, "from the Bay Area," I myself has learned to stay away from that answer because most will not know what that means, case in point, the fella answered, "from the Hudson Bay area?" Yah, noooo.....
During dinner, we caught the last 2 hours of the the Ice Dance Pairs, the fifth gold medal for Canada, and the first for any North American team. A great moment to have witnessed and shared with a grateful city, a grateful country.
Oh sooooooo tired....but we are planning to sleeeeeeeep in
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