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Olympics Day 6 – A beautiful day in Vancouver + the place for pin trading

February 17, 2010

It was a seriously gorgeous day here in Vancouver.  It was even chilly (in the shade) but the sunshine made everyone smile, even if it did warm things a bit.  I went on the morning dog walk with my parents today, and apparently it has been a while since I’ve done this.  I know this because my mom took photos before the Torch Relay went through English Bay of the Inukshuk with his Red Mittens, and today was the first time I had seen them in person!  I’m not sure who provided the inukshuk with Mittens, but I sure am glad they did!

The English Bay inukshuk with his Red Mittens. Look at that sky! It was really beautiful in Vancouver today.

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On my way to volunteering in the Vancouver Olympic Village this afternoon I managed to stop by the International Pin Exchange Zone (I-PEZ) which is hosted at the Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations downtown.  First off, this is a pretty convenient location, right beside BC Place and Canada Hockey Place, as well as (to name a few: Sochi Russia House, Molson Canadian Hockey House and LiveCity Yaletown).  A few of the guys from the Pacific Pin Club had told me about the place but I wanted to check it out for myself before I commented.  To find it you enter the casino and head for the escalator at the far side of the playing floor, then head up to the second floor.  Right in front of you you’ll find the Stadium room, which is where you want to be.  Now, besides pin trading this room is equipped with THREE large screen televisions showing the Olympics, plus theatre style seating, plus $1 hot dogs and the best yet… $2 beer!  Want to trade some pins and watch some hockey?  Then this is where you want to be.

There were about five traders set up when I went through, including Frank, Merritt and Wayne (thanks for the hockey pin Wayne!) and Tom from England was there too so I got to trade with him for another London 2012 pin (oh no! does this mean I’m going to keep trading pins through the next Olympics too?! ).  I couldn’t stay long but I got to meet Merritt’s granddaughter.  She was helping him out with trading and told me about how she has pins from the last several Olympics as her grandparents have been sending them to her since she was a kid.  It’s a pretty neat place to trade pins and I look forward to my next chance to stop by, maybe with a few more trader pins with me.  I’m going to aim for Friday, before my visit with Global BC at noon (hey, watch for that too!).

Merritt trading at I-PEZ.

Wayne is ready to trade, or watch hockey, whichever comes first 🙂

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A few days ago I mentioned that I was planning a 2010vanfan readers get-together based on the requests of a few interested parties, so now that I have things a bit more set up, here’s the info.  We will be getting together in the lounge of the False Creek Yacht Club at 7pm on Saturday, February 20.  The False Creek Yacht Club is normally closed to visitors but they have opened to the public during the Olympics and it seems like the perfect time to explore a place that has some prime False Creek waterfront here in Vancouver.  Because we will be guests to a private club they are charging $2 to enter, but that is donated to help children get into sailing.  There are televisions so we’ll get to watch hockey, curling, speed skating and bobsleigh as we hang out.  If you’re interested in coming along please RSVP to with your name and the number of people coming (so that I can try to hold tables for us).  I know that some people will be at events until quite a bit later than this but if you let me know that in your email then I will try to make sure you know if we’re changing venues or anything like that.

It’s very nice that some of you would like to spend some time with me during the Games and I’m looking forward to meeting new people and spending time with friends.  I hope you can make it, I’m sure we’ll have a great time!

You can find the False Creek Yacht Club in downtown Vancouver under the north side of the Granville Street Bridge:

1661 Granville St, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1N3

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A few last things:

  • I was interviewed to be on the online ‘You Gotta Be Here’ site, I will let you know if they use it.  It was seriously cool to get to say “I’m Andrea, I write, You Gotta be Here!”  Wow!  So neat.
  • Canada got another Silver medal today!  This one belongs to Marianne St Gelais for women’s 500m short track speed skating!  Go Canada!!!
  • I’m on a whirlwind adventure that includes Birks and the Whistler Sliding Centre tomorrow, I’ll be home late so posting will be late as well.
  • And the bestest, most exciting thing?! My brother, Tony, arrives tomorrow night from Germany!  Woohoo!  He’s here in Canada for two weeks and we have a lot of events, houses, pavilions and other things Olympic to get to while he’s here!  If I thought the party had already started then I’m really about to be in trouble… but it will be the best kind!  Yay!  My brother will be here in less than 24 hours!

Thank you merci!!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2010 7:14 am

    Let me get this right! I can go to the Edgewater Casino and watch the Olympics for free on giant screens, trade Olympic pins and have beer for $2. Sold!

  2. Jo-Anne permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:36 am

    Shoot. Gonna’ miss the get-together on Feb 20., wouldn’t mind seeing the inside of the Yacht club since I’ve seen the outside so many times. But, I guess we’ll still be able to get-together on Feb. 27. Yeehaa.So many things to do, so many things to see, so many people to enjoy!!

  3. Anna Hunter permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:30 pm

    Not that we don’t appreciate all your dutiful blogging, but we too are the MOST EXCITED about the arrival of Tony today! Can’t wait to see him when we get to town on Monday! Thanks again for all your Olympic insights and we’ll hopefully get to meet up with you sometime next week! Say HI to your mom and Doug for us!

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