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23 days 6.5 hours to go – Germany, SFU, Ask Me buttons and more!

January 20, 2010

A whole bunch of quick little things this morning…

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My brother will be arriving here in Vancouver to watch the Games in 28 days!  He’s more than a bit excited (check out the Vancouver 2010 Spirit Album for proof) and he’s always keeping his eyes open for Olympic things.  Yesterday he sent me a photo of what the German Team’s emblem looks like.

The eagle is a symbol of Germany and I think that it is wonderful that they’ve done a West Coast Native style eagle on their logo.  It looks really fantastic!  I also love that it incorporates the maple leaf but with the German flag within the maple leaf outline.  (Bogner is a brand name in case you were wondering… I was).  It is really creative and I’ll just put this out there now… I want a pin like this!! 😀

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A few people have been asking about the SFU Community Contributor pin that I was given back in December.  Unfortunately I’m not much help with how you get your own.  I was given mine by an employee of both SFU and the German House team and am not sure who you would talk to to get one of your own.  One of the pin heads I know has enquired but so far has said that he is unsuccessful.  The best that I can suggest is to talk to the people that work at the SFU downtown campuses and see what they say.

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I have also been asked about the “Ask Me, Happy to Help” buttons that the City of Vancouver has put out.  These are for residents that are willing, able and happy to help out our visitors during the Games.  Here is more information:

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As of Monday, January 18th there is a $5 add fare charge for any travel on the Canada Line from any of the three airport stations (YVR-Airport, Sea Island Way or Templeton).  Here is what Translink says:

“The Canada Line YVR AddFare for rapid transit service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will be in effect starting Monday, January 18. The $5 AddFare will apply to anyone purchasing cash fare tickets at any of the Canada Line stations at the airport for travel from the airport to Richmond or Vancouver. Ticket vending machines at the Canada Line airport stations will automatically charge the correct amount.

People carrying any TransLink pass (DayPasses, Monthly FareCards or annual passes such as the U-Pass, Government Bus Pass or Employer Pass) or using pre-paid FareSaver tickets won’t need to pay the AddFare.

Remember to keep your valid Canada Line YVR AddFare ticket for inspection purposes. Valid proof of payment is always required in any Fare Paid Zone.”

I was hoping to be able to go check out the Public Observation Area and, when it is open, the Coca-Cola Pin Trading Centre.  I have a pass so I’m good to go!

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Walkabout #3 – I’m getting pretty excited about our walk/ride tomorrow.  I’ve got a few ideas of things that I’d like to see and hopefully they’ll appeal to whomever can come along.  Here is the plan so far:

  • 9:20am meet by the Olympic Village Canada Line station to attend the opening of the Olympic Line streetcars.  The Olympic Line is just to the west of the Olympic Village Station.  I will have my orange and blue Mukmuk toque on.  We will ride the Olympic Line to Granville Island and back before heading out again.
  • Visit the Public Observation Area at YVR.
  • Visit the Richmond O Zone site, just to see how things are coming along.
  • If we have more time… some options will be: the area around Waterfront Station downtown, Main Street-Science World or Stadium stations.  With lots of time?  Maybe as far out as King George in Surrey to see their 2010 Celebration Site at Holland Park.
  • 1:50pm meet Rob near the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park to take a look around the park and take photos of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Centre (currently fenced off so we won’t be able to access the site).
  • Head downtown and get in line for CTV’s pin catch-up day.  I’ve been told it’s happening but have not confirmed it personally.  I have heard that you can get up to two of the previously released pins (perfect! I need curling and snowboarding).  I haven’t been in line for CTV pins yet so I’m pretty excited.  We’ll have a blast.

Because we’ll be on the Canada Line and SkyTrain for most of the day you will need some sort of transit pass.  If you have a U-Pass or monthly pass that is great.  If you don’t you may want to consider a DayPass from Translink.  They cost $9 and are available to purchase from 7-11, Mac’s, Safeway, or London Drugs.  The DayPass is good for all three zones for the entire day so it’s a nice, cost-effective option.

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Walkabout #4 – this is a bit of a teaser for next week… Instead of a ‘walkabout’ as I have been doing I am setting up a Photo Scavenger Hunt! Yes, that’s right it’s going to be a game and there will even be prizes!  I’m working on details right now, but if you have Saturday, January 23rd free you may want to consider coming downtown.  You will need a bus pass for the day (see above) and a digital camera.  I’m planning on teams though so if you don’t have a camera we’ll sort something out.  If you’re interested in participating please email me at so I can start getting an idea of numbers.  I will get some more details out in the next few days.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. keith77cdn permalink
    January 20, 2010 3:19 pm

    hey andrea i be there tommorrow and i just got offer to change my volunteer area and positions im now at yvr as transport attendent so my id card need be redone and i have bigger job now but im ready and cant wait and now i have to cram in more training days too

  2. Bob permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:43 pm

    It is not Olympic Related, but if you have not seen the Vancouver Art Gallery lately check it out … it has a very colorful new wrap!!!

  3. Bob permalink
    January 20, 2010 9:22 pm

    From the Vancouver Art Gallery … “The Gallery is extremely excited to be able to offer free admission to all of our exhibitions as a result of a partnership that will see the BC Canada Pavilion located on the Gallery’s 4th floor. This pavilion will be on site between February 12 and 28th, making this special offer possilbe. “

  4. Katie permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:14 pm

    Hi Andrea,

    My best friend and I will be traveling from Nebraska to live out a goal of attending the Winter Games, sort of a last hurrah before I graduate from college! We are super excited and can hardly wait to get up there, but I had a random question and thought since your blog has been so helpful to so many people you might be able to give me an idea on what to wear to mountain events. We’re used to negative wind chills and getting dumped with snow and ice, but thought it might be different since your on the coast. What might we expect and/or should wear to spectator events at Whistler and Cypress both during the day and at night? I have looked at some other places and the 2010 website and didn’t really see anything except to wear layers, but I was wondering about snowpants, jeans, etc.



    • Nicole permalink
      January 26, 2010 12:08 am

      Hi Katie!

      Weather conditions and temperatures in Vancouver can vary quite a lot, Whistler a bit less so, which is why the websites suggest layers. My guess is that the only real difference from what you’re used to is that it’s wetter here, so carry an umbrella. Your best bet is not to wear jeans unless you have a pair of looser jeans which you could fit tights or leggings underneath. Snowpants wouldn’t hurt since people usually only get too warm from wearing too much on top, but I doubt that many spectators will wear snowpants, even if they are more practical! You will want a tuque/beanie to keep your head warm, and that umbrella in case it rains. Bring gloves or mittens, and a scarf. Wear 2-3 layered shirts (ex: a tank top under a long-sleeved tee and a sweater ) with a jacket. The idea is to dress for the cold, and then peel off layers if you are too warm – girls have the advantage of being able to tuck a grocery bag inside their purse for when layers come off later! Boots are mandatory for a mountain event – warm socks too. Don’t wear fancy shoes or sneakers! A good idea is to look up news broadcasts from Whistler and Cypress (try CTV on youtube. It’s the official Canadian broadcaster). You can see what the news journalists are wearing.

      Generally it is not too cold during the daytime – it’s the standing around that makes you cold. Keep in mind that this isn’t a major snow-land, so you don’t need to go overboard with warm clothing during the day, but you want to really wrap yourself up for mountain evenings.

      Hope that helps!

      • 2010vanfan permalink
        January 26, 2010 12:29 am

        So funny, I was just writing this sort of post when I got your comment. Yours is much more thorough though, thanks Nicole!

    • caro permalink
      January 26, 2010 7:24 pm

      Hey Katie – weather here of late has been extremely mild (8-12 celcius daytime and 4 degrees or so evenings in the City) Definitely layers, or for Whistler, snowpants with leggings/long underwear under. Jeans are probably OK on Cypress – it is closer to our City temps. It will be chillier at night so if you are there from day til night, the use the layer recommendation. Things could get colder in the next two weeks so you should be able to check the local sites for their temps and judge from there.
      Enjoy your visit – you will absolutely love it here!!


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