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Guest Post by Katie – Transit and Granville Island

February 17, 2010

Katie is a busy girl.  And, being a born and bred Vancouver girl, she is out there taking full advantage of all of the activities the city has to offer right now during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  As she’s one of my best friends I can say with confidence that she loves this city and I’m so pleased that she’s writing about  her experiences during the Games to share with all of our visitors.  Here are some more of her stories.

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On the bus

Traveling around Vancouver this weekend was eye opening.  I cannot believe how many people are in the city!  I have never seen crowds like I saw this weekend downtown.   The rain had obviously not dampened the spirit in the city on Saturday and we were rewarded with a beautiful sunny day on Sunday.

Some random observations from this weekend:  Everyone has heeded the call to take transit.  This has resulted in at least a 15 minute wait at Canada Line stations surrounding the downtown core (I haven’t been on the Expo Line so I can’t speak to conditions there).  Kudos to Canada Line staff for keeping the platforms safe and keeping the lines moving.  There have been staff (in green) at every station I’ve been to as well as transit information staff (in blue) at Sea Bus stations and transit hubs.

You meet the most interesting people on transit.  A few days ago I saw a guy on the bus with cross-country skies painted entirely red. I figured they were a unique decoration, no big deal, until I watched the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and there were performers all dressed in red, suspended from the roof of BC Place.  Huh!  And then there was the woman in a leather 2008 USA Olympic jacket. I complimented her on it and she beamed, thanked me, and then showed me her t-shirt with a picture of her grandson on it.  Turns out he’s on the US short track speed skating team. Cool.

I overheard a conversation about public washrooms between two women on the train.  One was recounting a story about being in New York City and finding it very difficult to find a bathroom.  Apparently however the public washrooms in Sydney, Australia are pretty good. Hah! I’m not the only one who thinks about these things!

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On the Island

I went down to Granville Island to check out the sites there on Sunday. It was a beautiful day and as my friend and I were strolling the by-ways of the Island we came across these… creatures…

And these ones…

According to the web site bignazo.com they are ‘an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles.’  And let me tell you, they are hilarious!

As we were informed by one of the characters, they are Olympic Aliens here to compete in Vancouver.  They specialize in dance, with ‘Grandma’ acting as their leader and chief coordinator.  Their signature moves include the Jump, the Right Lean which is very similar to the Left Lean, followed by the Slow Turn.  As you can see, some of the kids in the crowd got right into it and joined in the fun.  Others however ran screaming in the other direction. Literally. I kinda get it. From kid height they could be rather scary!

Grandma leading the troops!

If you want to check them out head down to Granville Island.  The Aliens are scheduled from:

February 12 (Friday) – February 28, 2010 (Sunday)
75 Parading Creature Characters
Vancouver Winter Olympics
“Place de la francophonie” on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
5:30- 6:15pm every day

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There are also nightly live shows at Place de la francophonie.  The stage is quite large and food is served inside what is normally the community centre.  Atlantic Canada House also has daily food tasting featuring East Coast fare in the Back Stage Lounge as well as daily live performances and storytellers. It was too nice to be inside on Sunday, but I have to say the Atlantic Canada House looked like a good place to watch the events and have a beer or two… or three… you get the idea.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo-Anne permalink
    February 17, 2010 4:45 pm

    Great posts Katie. You must be Andrea’s clone, who else could guest post such a colorful commentary.

  2. February 18, 2010 11:40 am

    Kewl! I want to see dem aliens…how do ya get to be a guest blogger? teehee!

  3. February 23, 2010 11:29 am

    I have to say I am big fan of the Canada Line!!!

    Manny & I had some wonderful experiences on there!! The best being a group of young men singing songs on their way home after a fun filled day! Those who were feeling festive joined it. A sing-a-long on the train, what a great way to end off your day.

  4. Sarah permalink
    January 17, 2011 3:24 am

    Hahah! Thanks Katie for sharing your…encounter. Love those dance moves!

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