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27 days to go – The sun was shining in Vancouver!

January 15, 2010

The weather was wild here in south-western British Columbia today.  It bucketed down rain this morning but by this afternoon the wind had really picked up conveniently blowing away the rain clouds and giving us all a few hours of afternoon sunshine.  It was blissful!  From the weather report it looks like we should get some sun tomorrow as well which really would be lovely.  However, if I could put in a request… it would be great if it would cool off some please!  Something between about 0-3ºC in Vancouver for the next several weeks would be great!  Thank you.

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I started my day at Canada’s Northern House this morning for their public opening at 10am and ran into Merritt, Tex and Mihnea all of whom are readers of 2010vanfan and pin traders.  We made quite the little party waiting at the doors for the House to open.  It really is a beautiful facility.  There are a lot of interesting displays, particularly of art, though I was also very fond of the display that shows what a typical family in a remote area would buy for groceries in one load (think very big).  They also have a very cool video postcard booth where you can select several Northern themed backgrounds and record a message for your friends and family.  Check out my Northern postcard here.  I really do recommend finding time to stop by Canada’s Northern House when you’re in Vancouver.

I took only one photo in Canada's Northern House as there is so much art that really should be viewed in person. This is a soapstone sculpture of Sedna.

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There are going to be so many places to visit that I really think it won’t be possible to get to them all.  Yesterday (yes, my notes are on a scrap of paper, but I have a notebook now, and a pen!) I learned about Saxony House from Jeff Lee.  This is definitely not an official Olympic venue of any sort, as it is set up and run by the Free State of Saxony (located in east-central Germany) but it is a hospitality house that is open to the public and is meant to promote the Free State of Saxony.  As I’ve written before, Germany already has two houses, one in Vancouver and one in Whistler, as well as the German Fan Fest, but Saxony has a lot of Olympic background and a lot of drive to advertise themselves.  They have rented out the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park for this!

The Vancouver Rowing Club will be the home of Saxony House during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games (please click the photo for its source).

Saxony House will be open from 11am to 2am every day and has free entry on all days!  Here’s what a typical day’s schedule will look like:

  • 11:00 am: opening
  • 12:00 pm: full-restaurant-service, live-transmission of Olympic competitions on plasma-screens
  • 7:00 pm: start of the evening program: live music on stage, film presentations, interviews on stage with guests and athletics
  • 11:00 pm – 02:00 am: live music from a DJ

What a truly amazing venue to host a hospitality house in.  I plan on stopping by for Saxon beer, sausage and entertainment.  Prost!

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The Royal Canadian Mint is also going to have a Pavilion for the Games.  It will be located at the corner of Granville Street and West Pender.

I took this photo at the Olympic Village Station on the Canada Line. The Royal Canadian Mint has decorated the whole station!

The Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion will be open from February 12 – 28, 9am – 10pm every day.  They will have displays showcasing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic medals as well as the million-dollar coin (no, I’m not joking) and a lot of other fascinating displays.  I plan on going… who can resist medals and million-dollar coins? 😀

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I think that’s good for tonight.  It feels like such a treat to be finishing up a post before midnight!  I have lots more to tell you all about and will do my darndest to get to it all tomorrow!  Don’t forget to submit your photos of Olympic Spirit before Sunday to be entered in this week’s pin draw (click here for details).  Thank you merci for reading and sharing!

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