February 2010

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Intro

After my first Olympic experience in Beijing, I vowed I’d never miss an Olympic Games again.  The experience is so exciting, the atmosphere so international, and the memories are unforgettable.  Oh, and the architecture — crazy cool!

This would be my first Winter Games, and with Vancouver being just up the coast, it wasn’t too hard to plan a quick weekend getaway.  And since the Games fell in February, it was the perfect birthday gift to myself!

Having been to Vancouver before, I was especially looking forward to going up to Whistler, which was absolutely beautiful.  But the city of Vancouver itself surprised me, and I saw it this time – 10 years later – in a whole new light.  In between matches and other Olympic activities, I spent time exploring Vancouver’s neighborhoods — from the historic air of Yorktown and Kitsilano,  to the trendy restaurants and bars of Gastown and Granville.  

From what I saw this time around, Toronto had better watch its back — in the last ten years, it seems that Vancouver has matured on every level, from cuisine to culture and everything in between.  Pair that with the extraordinary natural beauty surrounding the city, and it’s clear Vancouver was more than ready for its moment in the Olympic limelight!  

Go Canada Go!

 

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Seattle, United StatesFebruary 18, 2010February 18, 2010
    2Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 18, 2010February 19, 2010
    3Whistler, CanadaFebruary 19, 2010February 19, 2010
    4Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 19, 2010February 21, 2010
    5Richmond, CanadaFebruary 21, 2010February 21, 2010
    6Seattle, United StatesFebruary 21, 2010February 21, 2010

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    I love my country and all, but come on, Canadians are so darn nice — how could I not be Canadian for a weekend and cheer on my northern neighbors at the Winter Olympics on their home turf? I’m caffeined-up, beanied-up, and ready for my bus ride to Whistler! Go Canada! …and, more cowbell!!

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