Olympic Venues Visited Pt 2

Ash Wednesday: Time for Lent 2010

Giving up: alcohol & sweets
Progress so far: Because I didn’t realise it was on the 17th, I’ve already failed the sweets part (had 2 chocolates). :S
Comment(s): Umm that means no beer at the Deutsches Fan Haus… :/ Oh well, they’re $9.

VENUES Visited TODAY:

1. Kruzenshtern (Russian Tall Ship) (North Van)

Freebies: None. Entry costs $18 & a program costs $2.
BEST: 30 min. tour of entire ship (i.e. main deck & “museum” room) given by a cadet. They’re so gentlemanly, they hold out their hand to help you down the stairs (or up). swoon I wish I spoke more Russian to converse with them. All I could say was спасибо and До свида́ния… which some appreciated and replied in Russian, while one chuckled (did I pronounce it wrong or did he not expect it?).

2a. BC Pavilion (Vancouver Art Gallery)

Freebies: lanyard (w/ floor plan of BC Pav.)
BEST: The 3D experience (a bit of 4D effects) – ziplining in Whistler? 😉

b. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mechanics of Man exhibit

Freebies: exhibit is FREE during the Games!
BEST: seeing actual sketches of the human body/anatomy!

3. Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion (SFU Business school)

Freebies: pins (there’s more than 1 kind for theirs!), trade your quarters for Olympic ones, Olympic circulation coin holder
BEST: Seeing & TOUCHING the Olympic & Paralympic medals! They are HEAVY though and quite big. Better on display than hanging from your neck, I say!

Vancouver-Olympics:

It’s like Carnivale every day in Vancouver – and that’s how it’ll be for the next week and a half! It’s perfectly normal to see people dressed in funky costumes, wearing flags as capes and with faces painted/tattooed. In fact, on Sunday the 14th, my friend & I wore our dirndls to the Sachsen Haus (yes, I know, wrong Bundesland to do that ;P), and we were seen as performers – it was simply a novelty for the tourists/locals!

Now, just an announcement: I don’t have time to report on the Olympics (I am, myself, NOT updated AT ALL). I catch glimpses of some games when I pass by TVs and outdoor big screens, but otherwise, YOU probably know more than me!  What I’m doing here is to report on:

  • athletes I see
  • venues I visit
  • other info that you won’t get from the news 😉

Update: Regarding my last post on trying to find:

1. a German welcome sign: I finally found at least 3 downtown! I had the biggest smile on!

2. German team: Might’ve seen at least one, but who knows, he could’ve been a fan or some techy. I did get to visit the Deutsches Haus (not for the public) and speak German to sb. working there.

Please be patient as I’ve been spending most of the time outdoors and often don’t return til late. By then, I’m quite exhausted. Next time, I’ll be updating on:

– Torch Relay: 11th & 12th
– Opening Ceremonies & d/t 

My life/Ma vie/Mein Leben:

  • WORK: I finished work on Friday the 12th. It was the easiest day of the 3 weeks. We had a fire drill & spent at least 10 min. checking out the Torch Relay in front of the VHQ. I saw my ex-colleagues again on Tuesday the 16th at the Maria Pages flamenco performance (which was SUPERB, btw)!
  • OLYMPIC VOLUNTEER: I’m supposed to start volunteering in the International Dignitary Program on Friday…and the training’s on Thursday, apparently. But nothing’s confirmed yet so I need to call yet again tomorrow morning to see what the plans are. *grumble*
  • SUMMER: I was turned down the position as a camp leader for the Canadian Island School in Italy.
    • I need to reapply to the Cdn embassy in Grmy. But am considering staying in Vancouver to work…or maybe Quebec?
  • AFTER UNI: My last (& only) exam’s on Apr. 23. I graduate on Jun. 7. If I can’t go to France for the 2010-11 year, then I’ll go to Quebec (preferably Quebec City).

Weather: sunny & fairly warm