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My name is Andrea.  I am a BC (British Columbian) girl by birth and more recently a Vancouver girl.  I love this city.  We’ve got the ocean, lots of trees, a beautiful city and soaring mountains.  I can’t imagine needing anything else.  Except perhaps the Olympics!

Van Fan

I was pretty young when Vancouver hosted Expo in 1986.  I remember a few things but the bigger impact for me is seeing how Vancouver grew and changed because we hosted Expo.  I also remember watching the Olympics while I was growing up (and since then 😉 ) and the feeling of amazement at the wonderful athletes, the beautiful cities and the feeling that the whole world has come together in one place to celebrate sport and friendship.

We have that!  Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is our turn to celebrate sport and friendship here!  I didn’t want to miss any of this!  So, I am writing a daily blog about Vancouver 2010.

First off, I am a fan.  I am excited and thrilled about the Olympics.  I am going to be posting from a positive viewpoint.  This doesn’t mean I am blind to some of the problems but instead that I choose to celebrate the benefits, the joy and the fun that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are bringing to Vancouver.

210 days before the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, I started this daily blog.  And I do intend to post every single day until the Games begin (and I suspect I’ll post during as well 🙂 ).  Why would I do something so daft as to decide to write about Vancouver 2010 for 210 straight days?  Simple.  I now have every reason to experience, learn and participate in the whole Olympic process every day until the Games begin (it will be impossible to avoid it once it has started, though I wouldn’t even if I could).  It would be too easy to let the whole thing happen around me.  By blogging every day, I am ensuring that I am part of the Olympics every single day!

I also hope that my excitement and interest will interest you, the reader!  I hope that you’ll find out things about the Olympic and Paralympic Games that you didn’t know.  I hope that I’ll be able to get information out early enough that if an event is going on near your home that you will want to participate, go out and experience it.

I hope you enjoy reading.  I hope you have a chance to experience the excitement that is coming to Vancouver (even if you don’t live here, do it vicariously!).  So thank you and merci for reading.

Note: As of 18 August, 2009 I started working for the Bay Olympic Shop (soon to be Superstore).  I will endeavour to mention this where applicable as I feel it is important to the impartiality of my blog.  Who am I kidding?  I love the Olympics so selling Olympic merchandise is sort of a dream!  If you’re heading into the Olympic Superstore let me know and I can pass on my schedule to you.  I’d love to show you around!  Cheers!

Note: As of 2 January 2010 I stopped working for the Olympic Superstore at the Bay downtown and have been writing since then with no employment of any sort.  I do not have any sponsors, nor does anyone pay me to write about them in a positive light.  My views and comments are strictly my own.  I write this blog for myself, my readers, for the love of the Olympics and Paralympics and also with the hope that I may find a way to continue writing professionally after Vancouver 2010, but with no guarantees at this point.  Occassionally companies have donated items to me to be used as prizes for contests and all items have been used as such.  My personal gain is emotional and personal, not financial.  I would like to thank my parents for being so supportive during this time as I would not be able to do this without their help.  I really am just 2010vanfan.  I love Vancouver 2010 and my goal is to bring more excitement to everyone!

107 Comments leave one →
  1. Simon Smith permalink
    August 23, 2009 12:13 pm

    Hi Andrea,

    My name is Simon and I share your enthusiasm and addiction for the Olympics!! We met briefly at the gate of Whistler Olympic Park when you visited.

    Just a quick note for you and your readers on the Olympic Park. We are open to the public till the end of August, so next weekend is the last time we offer guided tours (Sat and Sun from 11am and last tour running at 3pm) The Park is open daily for self guided tours from 9 to 4. Aug 31 is the last day we will be open because Sept 1 is when overlay arrives to place all of the temporary buildings. We will reopen somewhere around Oct 15. When the snow arrives we will be open for skiing to the end of January.

    My stock of photos is growing daily if you would like some winter shots or some shots from the Worlds Cups this past winter, just ask.

    Cheers

    Simon

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      August 23, 2009 3:11 pm

      Thanks Simon! Hmm… I should try to get up to Whistler this weekend then to see a few more things, including the Biathlon stadium (my dog didn’t like that area much so I avoided it). I will post if I think I can make it up, I think I should be able to on Sunday… depends on my work schedule.

      Will you be in the Park at all while the overlay is being done? It would be neat to have some during photos, but some before and after photos would be great too! If you have a chance you can email me at 2010vanfan@gmail.com and we can sort out some of your photos to post.

      Thanks for reading, and commenting! Hopefully see you this weekend!

      Cheers,
      Andrea

      • Mary permalink
        January 26, 2010 7:07 pm

        Excellent interview Andrea, I enjoy your enthusiasm. As a recent Vancouver resident, I am also looking forward to the 2010 Olympics. Although I do not have any event tickets, the Live City venues look like fun. Good work documenting the changes to the city, it is amazing.

        I was fortunate to be living in Calgary for the ’88 Olympics and had a blast with Opening, Closing, Downhill, Ski Jumping, Luge and Skating tickets. We had a great costume party and the Pin Trading became addictive down at Olympic Plaza! I still have a few traders….

        My first Olympic experience was when I was just starting my Interior Design career, working in Montreal staying at the Ritz Carleton Hotel downtown, a very different city for 2 weeks. Great memories! Keep up the good work! Cheers, Mary

  2. Jodi Fontaine permalink
    September 5, 2009 8:16 am

    Love the info! Keep it coming!
    Hope you have time to ‘work’ during all this!?
    Take care.
    Jo

  3. Kim permalink
    October 2, 2009 9:59 pm

    HI Andrea

    Just wanted to let you know of the facebook group for the Red Mitten campaign. Come join it at Vision of Red Mittens!!!

  4. Patti Jackson permalink
    October 20, 2009 1:53 am

    Hi Andrea,
    I met you at the 2010 Uniform unveiling last Tues. Oct. 13. I was behind you in the line-up to buy the bags and I also have a volunteer job in the Athletes Village (and I’m running with the Torch on Feb. 12). I’ve been reading your blog ever since and I’m impressed with all the info you include and the time it must take. I will be coming to the Olympic Superstore this Wed. Oct. 21 in the afternoon so I hope to see you then. I’m going to check out the orange Torch shirt and I’d like more details about the festivities there on Oct. 30. I might go to Victoria for the start of the Relay but if not, I’ll join you downtown.

    Keep up the great work. I love and share your enthusiasm for all things Olympic.

    Patti Jackson

  5. October 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Hey Andrea,

    Just thought I would let you know about a new pin being released exclusively at your HBC.

    To commemorate the launch of the
    Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
    on October 30th, Coca-Cola will be
    releasing a series of limited edition
    collector pins. Be one of the first to
    purchase these pins before they are sold
    out!

    Visiting more than 1,030 communities
    and places of interest in Canada, the
    Olympic Flame will be carried by 12,000
    torchbearers to the Host City of
    Vancouver. Be sure to visit the Coca-
    Cola Happiness Cafe in Olympic
    Superstore on October 30th and
    celebrate this historic event.

    Thought you would want to know.

    Cheers

    Andrew

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      October 28, 2009 10:15 pm

      Thanks Andrew! I had heard about this event on Monday but have been delinquent in posting it up! Yes, we will have a Coca-Cola pin launch on Friday, October 30th! I’ve also heard that we’re having a fashion show and other activities to celebrate the beginning of the Canadian Olympic Torch Relay! Come on down and show your spirit! And while you’re at it, say hello to Robyn! Not only a marketer extraordinaire but our very own Torchbearer!! (Yes, Vicki, Patti, and all the other Torchbearers I’ve met, I would love to see you too!). It’s really going to be a day to remember!

      • Patti Jackson permalink
        October 29, 2009 1:39 am

        Thanks for the info, Andrea. I will wait to see the schedule when you get it posted but I’ll be there wearing the red Torch Bearer shirt I just got in the mail today from Coca-Cola (I was chosen by them). This is exciting and I hope I get to meet Robyn and Vicki and any other fellow Torchbearers. I think CTV is showing the start at 8AM so I plan to watch that. Hope I get there in time to buy one of the commemorative pins.

  6. November 8, 2009 9:32 am

    Hi, Andrea ..

    Very much enjoying your blog! Thank you so much for writing it and for such a great positive tone about the Olympics!

    Do you know – are the Coca-Cola pins still available at the HBC store?

    Thanks! Kate

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      November 10, 2009 1:27 pm

      Hi Kate – sorry, forgot to answer this one earlier…

      Yes, we do have Coca-Cola pins in store, but there are quite a few different ones so it would depend on which pins you’re looking for. Anything in particular?

      Cheers, Andrea

      • November 12, 2009 12:56 pm

        Thanks, Andrea 🙂
        Not really sure – I should probably just come in.
        Would love to say hi in person too – are you in the store next week?
        You can email me with a couple of options if you feel comfortable (is it weird to arrange a meetup like this?)
        My days are pretty flexible so I can drop by anytime.

  7. November 10, 2009 6:10 pm

    Hi Andrea

    Excellent blog! Its great to see people like yourself embracing the Olympics and the good things that it will bring. Sometimes all the criticism and negativity can really get to you…people just don’t realize the positive power that an event like this can have on a city.

    It is too bad that you didn’t have a chance to work at Expo 86. It really changed my life and allowed me (believe it or not) to continuing working in 4 other expos for 10 more years and to visit and live in 4 different countries. All this was made possible by me volunteering at the expo preview centre in 1985. (see? Volunteering can lead to many great and unexpected things!)

    I, too, will be volunteering for VANOC and the games. I will be a T1 Olympic Family assistant and I look forward to being one of the many (like you) that will make the games a reality.

    All the best to you and your experiences…and see you at the BAY!!!

  8. November 17, 2009 3:47 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I have found your blog quite by chance, and
    I participated in the last contest (maybe get lucky).
    Congratulations on this wonderful blog. I’m a fan of the Olympic Games and collect pins, this helps me to be close games. I changed pins with collectors around the world, but the Canadians are the best collector I changed the pins, are kind, gentle and it’s so easy to make a change.

    I’m happy to change pin, “You collect pins?
    I have a small website with my pin for trade

    Regards,
    Victor – Valladolid (Spain)

  9. Renee Thong permalink
    November 19, 2009 9:30 pm

    The first winter Olympic torch was lit in Norway (Oslo Winter Games) in 1952 by Olav Bjaaland in the fireplace of Norwegian telemark-skiing pioneer Sondre Norheim.

  10. November 22, 2009 11:17 am

    Hi Andrea,
    My name is Kristen Thompson and I’m a reporter at Metro Newspaper in Vancouver. I’m doing a story for tomorrow’s paper about the opening of the GE Ice Rink at Robson Square, and am wondering if I can ask you a few questions.
    Give me a shout if you have the chance:
    Cheers!

  11. Lucie permalink
    November 23, 2009 11:53 pm

    Hello Andrea!!!

    Thank you for address you gave me few days ago in our Coffee house.
    You are really doing a good job. !
    Hope to see you soon in the coffee and talk about your opinions etc. if you´ll be free….

    Lucie (Trees O.)

  12. November 24, 2009 8:58 am

    HI Andrea!

    Great Blog!…stumbled upon it looking for 2010 photo contests. Do you have a BlackBerry? If you do i’ve got some killer software (called vPost) that will allow you to posts photos, video, audio, and location from the field straight to your blog.

    Keep up the good work and email me if you want to follow-up.

    Keep up the good work,

    Kyle

  13. Mihnea C permalink
    November 26, 2009 8:26 am

    Hello Andrea,

    It was nice to meet you yesterday in the HBC Olympic store. Keep up the good work and the contests.

    Do you happen to know where CTV will issue their next pin? I missed the section of their newscast last night exactly when they were anouncing the location.

    Good luck,

    Mihnea

  14. Sharon permalink
    December 13, 2009 10:44 am

    To put me in context, I am one of the creators of FlagWalk. I am a born Vancouverite and old enough (regrettably) to have enjoyed endless days at Expo 86. Part of my job is to navigate the impacts and opportunities that the Olympics will bring my nieghbourhood. I have to tell you… it has not always been a joyful ride and I will leave it there.

    I want to thank you for your blog. Your passion, your positive perspective, your sense of wonder has refreshed my weary spirit. Perhaps I can make it to the finish line after all and maybe I can do it smiling!

    Keep it up and again… thank you!

  15. Pat Gibbons permalink
    December 14, 2009 2:54 pm

    Hello Andrea,
    I will be working at the Olympics as a Volunteer in Event Services. I have also just started a blog but… I am having difficulty setting up so that if someone google the name of the blog it show up.
    Any how, I will be working at the Olympic Family Hotel from early February until the end of the games. How do I get a hold of one of your pins?
    Maybe we will bump into each other in Van.
    Pat

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      December 14, 2009 10:48 pm

      Hi Pat!

      How exciting that you’ll be doing Event Services! Do you know where you’ll be??

      Please let us know the name of your blog so we can all check it out! And yes, hopefully I will see you here! I am getting silly excited for the Games!

      Cheers and thanks merci for reading!
      Andrea

      • Pat permalink
        December 29, 2009 10:41 am

        Hi again Andrea
        I will be working out of the Marriott Pinnacle (home of the IOC).
        53 days to go??!!
        How do I get a blog to be easily found by others?
        The title of my blog is “St Jacobs Olympic Connection”
        http://patattheolympics .blogspot.com is the address.
        any suggestions?

        thanks
        Pat

  16. December 16, 2009 11:20 am

    Hi from Scotland

    I am coming to BC to be a volunteer in the Athletes’ Village in Whistler. I am bursting with excitement and can’t wait to get over there.

    I am also going to be doing blog for my friends and family back home but I am still working on which program to use.

    I got an email this morning telling me about my uniform and accreditation and when I can collect it.

    Hope everyone has a great time…bring it on!

  17. Lisa permalink
    December 16, 2009 3:12 pm

    Hey there Andrea,

    I read your blog all the time. I know you work at the Olympic Superstore, so I am wondering if you have any tips on how to obtain more red mittens. My tourism colleagues and I visit the store everyday, in hopes a new shipment has arrived. No luck. Any thoughts? We would love to get hands in some mitt before the holidays.

    Lisa

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      December 16, 2009 5:44 pm

      Hi Lisa, and all Red Mitten fans,

      I’m afraid that I haven’t heard when our next shipment of Mittens is arriving. I really wish I knew so that I could spread the knowledge far and wide. The best I can say is that we’ve been promised somewhere in the neighbourhood of 350,000 to 500,000 pairs of Mittens across Canada before Christmas, so I hope that we’ll have them soon.

      As requested by a few of my tweeps, as soon as I know, I will tweet the info. You can follow me at @2010vanfan for updates!

      Sorry about the lack of good news!
      Andrea

  18. Elaine permalink
    December 23, 2009 10:52 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I am also volunteering for the Olympics (Event Services at Whistler)! Its been so long since I first decided to volunteer… but I’m getting more excited about it as 2010 approaches and especially after finding your blog! Keep up the great posts! 🙂
    Elaine

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      December 23, 2009 12:13 pm

      So glad that you’re starting to feel the excitement! Do you have your uniform yet? That really helps! It’s pretty amazing to be wearing the whole outfit. Mine is carefully packed away so that it won’t get damaged before my first volunteer shift.
      I hope that I’ll somehow manage to fit in a trip to Whistler, it would be amazing!

      • Elaine permalink
        December 24, 2009 9:19 am

        I will get my uniform in Jan so I’m really looking forward to that! It looks great from the pictures you posted.

        Also thanks for all the updates on the red mittens! I was just about to give up when I saw your post last night…so I was able to get some this morning in time for christmas!

  19. Cheri Gallant permalink
    December 26, 2009 12:37 pm

    Hi, I think I just started following you on Twitter also! I won a trip to the Olympics and I couldn’t be more excited! It was through RBC and we get all the last week of gold medal events and the closing ceremonies! My daughter volunteered at the 2009 Canada Games and she started pin collecting there and loved it. Being a single mom I was trying to find some fun ways for her to spend some of our down time in Vancouver (cheaply) and well we started getting pins. So if you would like to trade some with us, please feel free to comtact me.

  20. January 2, 2010 8:52 am

    Hey Andrea, been reading for a couple weeks. Really like what I see. You’ve got some great photos of what’s going on BC. I was hoping to make it out to BC and check out the olympics first hand, but I think I’ll be stuck watching it all unfold in the comfort of my own home. Bummer. Keep up the great work!

  21. Scott Fraser permalink
    January 4, 2010 9:50 am

    Love the blog, and can’t wait for the Games! I’ve been writing a similar blog myself, on my trip and journey to the games…check it out if you get a chance: http://theexcellentolympicadventure.blogspot.com/

  22. January 5, 2010 8:03 pm

    Hey Canada!

    Where are you and what adventure are you having?????

    get in contact with me on facebook – I can’t find you!

    DUDE

  23. January 8, 2010 9:59 am

    Hey Andrea – love your site! I saw you tweeted about one of my posts a while back, and was wondering if you thought your readers would be interested in either of these pages:

    http://www.classroomjr.com/free-winter-olympics-bingo-game/
    http://www.craftjr.com/olympics-crafts/

    If not, no worries and no offense taken – will be back for sure now that the games are right around the corner!

    (So jealous too – do I sound like a sore loser from Chicago? 😉 )

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 17, 2010 9:32 pm

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks so much for posting these sites, they’re really great!

      Hope you’ll be able to watch the Games at home at least!

      Cheers,
      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  24. January 15, 2010 7:05 pm

    Hi Andrea,
    Nice to read your blog. I wish I could come to Vancouver to be part of the Olympic spirit and experience it in person as it is one of my dreams… in fact it’s on my goals board… but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it is going to be a realtiy 😦
    I was also hoping to be able to bring a red mitten MukMuk directly home from Vancouver. I absolutely love MukMuk! I really hope that he gets to be there at the olympics, not just as a plushie but for real, in the grandstands as the Olympic’s #1 fan… with his orange foam finger! Oh what a sight that would be.
    Anyway, I was just wondering if you would happen to know anything about the versions of plushies there are. I bought two 7.5″ MukMuks today because I couldn’t decide which one to buy. Their tags were different… their colors were different… one was slightly taller than the other, and one had smaller ears than the other… so I didn’t know which one was the true MukMuk… so I had to buy them both… any clue why they are so different?

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 17, 2010 10:01 pm

      Hi Sunshine,

      Actually, I have no idea why they’d be so different. But I will try to remember to ask one of the representatives of Northern Gifts, the company that makes the plush Mascots, and see what they have to say. I suspect it must come from two different manufacturing dates.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Andrea

  25. January 22, 2010 5:42 pm

    Hello,

    Great site! I’ve added you to my blogroll at http://blog.photodreamz.net
    Do you mind returning the favor?
    Hope you enjoy the games!.

    Jonah Lewis
    The Weekend Photographer
    … I think we’ve been in Vancouver about the same amout of time!
    Cheers.

  26. January 24, 2010 10:44 pm

    Hi Andrea, I love your blog and love your enthusiasm! I cannot wait till I’m back in Vancouver for the Games! It’s been 22 year old dream of mine to attend, ever since I saw the Calgary Olympics on TV.
    I will for sure visit the Olympic Superstore once again, I was there at the end of October, but I didn’t come by your blog then yet.
    I plan on sharing as much of my Olympic experience on my blog too!
    Cheers!

  27. January 26, 2010 12:49 pm

    Hi Andrea

    Great job on this website…Love your enthusiasm. Say Hello to Patti Jackson for me. We taught together many years ago at Centennial.

    I am a local freelance photographer and would love to help out/contribute images to your website. I live right downtown so will be in the midst of all the action and most of the Livecity events. My specialty is capturing images of musicians, dancers and celebrations in a way that shows the fluidity and excitement of the event. You can see some of my work in the Mosaic section of my website.

    Let me know if you are interested….Hopefully I will be able to get in with my camera bag… Photography is frowned upon at a lot of Vancouver events… We do need to change this attitude..

    Thanx for starting the ball rolling.. Well Done

    Norm Stelfox

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 26, 2010 11:25 pm

      Thanks for commenting Norm. It’s really neat that you worked with Patti. Such a small world.

      I’m sure you’ll be able to get your cameras in, just remember smaller is better! 🙂

      Cheers,
      Andrea

    • Patti Jackson permalink
      January 27, 2010 12:12 am

      Norm, I was so excited when I saw your name and immediately I was going to reply to you and then I read further and saw you said to say Hi to me. How are you? I guess like me you’re retired. I just love it and I’m so glad it happened in time so I can enjoy as much as possible during the Games. I would love to catch up with you so if you’re interested, email me at pattijackson@shaw.ca.

      Isn’t Andrea’s blog great? I’m so happy I met her because, like me, she has such enthusiasm for all things Olympic.

      Above you wrote that your “specialty is capturing images of musicians, dancers and celebrations in a way that shows the fluidity and excitement of the event.” Well I’m not any of those but on Friday, February 12 at 8:08AM I will be running with the Torch on Davie Street between Broughton and Thurlow. And although I may not be fluid, I will definitely be excited and since you’re downtown I’m hoping you’ll be able to come and watch and maybe even take a picture or 2. Let me know and I still have a smile on my face since seeing your name.

  28. Marc permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:39 pm

    It’s great that you appear to have so much time on your hands and $$ to travel across Canada with regards to the Olympics. BUT, a lot of us did not vote in favour of holding the games and cannot afford to attend ANY Olympic event that requires $ or a Visa credit card.

    It’s a shame, but because of that, and the fact that I can’t get any time off work during the Olympics leaves one really bad taste in my mouth.

    …and i’m not alone.

    Enjoy our games.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 27, 2010 1:26 am

      Hi Marc,

      Thank you for commenting. Yes, I do agree that I am very lucky to be able to take the time and money to spend on Vancouver 2010 and am fully aware that not everyone can. I am very, very grateful for the support of my family during this time, as I couldn’t do this without them. As I say in “About me”, I am aware that there are downsides, however my blog is devoted to the positives. I do hope you find something about the Games to enjoy.

      Best regards,
      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  29. Irv Kee permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:42 pm

    I’ve got the olympic fever as well. I saw you on tv and I made a website too but our Facebook Fan Page is way more poplular. Please join it, your definitely not alone! Go Canada Go!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=122402743485#/pages/Things-To-Do-In-Vancouver-2010/186170322055?ref=ts

    🙂 Irv

  30. Tim permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:45 pm

    Hey Andrea. Just saw you on the news hour. Great job. I too have been following the whole event since Vancouver was selected as one of the possible venues to represent Canada to the IOC. It’s been a long road and I can’t believe it’s actually so close now. I will be volunteering for both Olympic and Paralympics up in Whistler. I’ve got my uniform and will be part of the medical services team for the Alpine Skiing Races. It’s wonderful to see your work and the rest of the comments from everyone on here. Thanks for it all.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 26, 2010 10:53 pm

      Thanks Tim! Have fun with the medical services team! I’m sure the Alpine races are going to be awesome! – Andrea

  31. Joanne permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:50 pm

    Just saw you on Global….you are amazing!! Born and raised here as well. I only wish I had the time to visit downtown more and get to see more of the Olympic preparations!! I managed to get down on Sunday and got a bit of a look at the Granville Street artwork, Countdown Clock, etc. Got interviewed by a couple of guys doing the McDonald’s Global Cheer Gallery for the Olympic Village. I am so pumped for this!! Working both at the Main Media Centre and the Molson Hockey House!! Can’t wait!! Friend of mine is also working at the Village here in Vancouver. Yeah I am old enough to be your Mother but this is a once in a lifetime chance for me and am very proud to be able to partake!! I love that I am Canadian and proud of it!! All the best to you!! Feel free to keep in touch!! – Joanne

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 26, 2010 10:51 pm

      Yay Joanne! I’m so happy that you’re having a great time. You seem to be working in some of the best places, I’m sure that your experience will just keep getting better! Cheers, Andrea

  32. Tony W permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:52 pm

    Very much enjoying your blog! Thank you so much for writing it. I see you on TV I love to take you out for dinner sometime.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 26, 2010 10:47 pm

      Thanks for your support Tony.

  33. chrysler permalink
    January 26, 2010 7:04 pm

    hey andrea

    i was lucky enough to see the torch in cloverdale on its way to the 1988 winter games. i can remember standing around waiting for it. it was fun.
    another nice big surprise to our family of ten. dad had bought a suburban a big red and white canadian girl. she carried a lot of athletes to and from the games. and she now is still driving in her forever home of fort langley. she had been placed in the barn for that fact she wasnt needed but didnt want to sell her so we just last year had her once again installed in her first home by the house. she has seen alot in her days if she could only talk that would be fun, i plan to have her in fort when the flame runs through it. dad and i joke he should drive with the torch in her. 5 more years she’ll be a century old. i plan to keep her going. so she is my part of this magic of the torch. i am very pleased the games are in bc. bring home the medals canada counting down to the torch arriving

  34. Leonard permalink
    January 26, 2010 7:29 pm

    Hey, I just saw you on Global. Great stuff!! Thought I’d share an Olympic moment with you. I was asked by my neighbor to photograph an Olympic project that his girls school was participating in. We did a heli shoot. This was all volunteer including the helicopter!! I put it on YouTube:

    Best regards,

    Len

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 26, 2010 10:35 pm

      Hi Len,

      Thanks so much for posting this video! It’s wonderful to see such Olympic spirit! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

      Cheers,
      Andrea

  35. Jack permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:18 pm

    I checked out your blog after seeing it on the news tonight. After hearing and reading endless negative comments about the Olympics it is so nice to read your blog. I will be checking it out on a regular basis from now on. This will be my third Olympics that I will be attending,I was fortunate to be at the other 2 Olympics held in Canada. The best part about the Olympics are the people, they will come from all over the world, and they will be excited, happy and a joy to celebrate the Olympics with.
    thanks for the blog!
    jack

  36. Marc permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:30 pm

    ….only nice comments are welcome.

  37. Eric Peppiatt permalink
    January 27, 2010 12:13 am

    Hi Andrea,

    Fantastic Blog, unfortunatly it has done little to temper my excitement for the Games. : )
    I’ll be volunteering at CHP as Load Zone Attendent and I’m really trying to keep my excitment in check, Is Time Yet? It feels like it’s been weeks away for the last two months at least! I have venue training on the 3rd plus dress rehersal on the 10th so that makes it seem sooner.
    Seriously though your “little blog” has definatly got me in the spirit! Also being out in Chilliwack I havn’t had much luck getting to the “BIG City” so you’ve been a great source to see what’s going on.
    I’m staying with a friend downtown for the games and hope to have my wife and 2 kids come out on the second weekend and have some “Olympic Fun” ! Any Suggestions?

    Thanks-You/Merci! : )

    -Eric

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 27, 2010 1:21 am

      Thanks Eric! Great to hear from you.

      My first suggestion is definitely LiveCity Yaletown, it will be a great place for families. But also on my list of family activities would be the BC Pavilion at Robson Square, the Irish House during the day, and possibly even the German Fan Fest. Really just walking down the street is going to be a wonderful experience!

      Good luck with your volunteer job! I look forward to hearing how it goes!
      Cheers,
      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  38. Charity permalink
    January 27, 2010 7:21 am

    Hi Andrea,

    This weekend i am planning to spend the day in Vancouver just wandering around and looking at the locations and stuff that has been built for the olympics i was wondering if you had any suggestions of what not to miss or a list of all the main sites where something is taking place?

    Thanks so much
    Charity

  39. Lisa permalink
    January 27, 2010 8:34 am

    Hi Andrea! Wonderful report about you and your blog on last night’s news! Your enthusiasm is infectous – keep up the great work! It’s fun to see the Olympic spirit emerging, not just downtown, but all over the city! There are fantastic decorations on a house at 14th and Blenheim. I’m going to start ours today! Be forewarned – if we see you about town I’ll ask for an autograph for my Olympic scrapbook!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 28, 2010 4:49 pm

      I would love to see your decorations when they’re done! And I’ll definitely try to get to 14th and Blenheim. Sounds like a must see.
      Thanks so much for your support! Happy Olympics to you! – Andrea

  40. Kris permalink
    January 27, 2010 3:49 pm

    Hey Andrea 🙂
    I saw you on Global News the other day and just had to check out your blog! Loved the interview and your blog too 🙂 but anyway I just loved your Vancouver 2010 Hoodie and I was wondering where I could get one?? Thanks.
    -Kris

  41. Norman Zeer permalink
    January 28, 2010 1:37 am

    Andrea,

    You have been diagnosed with an “infectious disease”! It is called Olympicitis, & unfortunately, there is very little to stop the spread to individuals who are either next to you, or miles away!

    There is no anti-virus for it, but only to let it run its course. I could guess that if one wanted to, they could check-in from time-to-time to assist you @ The HBC Olympic Superstore if you knew your schedule over the next week.

    Would it at all be possible for you to e-mail me that so I could drop-in & say HI 🙂 I have been down there already a couple times, & would love to connect with you during your very busy schedule & daily routines!

    PS: How did you get a Media Pass? You do come across as very approachable, friendly, & extremely outgoing! But that is a curious question that you have not got on “About Me”.

    GO CANADA GO!!!

  42. ashley permalink
    January 28, 2010 10:52 pm

    Hey your mom and dad where at the airport today and the took a picture for your blog I hope u like it its with the blue volunteer suits. they said it would on the blog tommorw . so I will tell its up I work saturday at the airport then monday then wednesday fri saturday sunday. yeah see u

  43. January 29, 2010 7:21 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I met you riding the Seabus after the HPI energy management session in North Vancouver on September 22. Enclosed is a link to my new 3:58 minute video titled “Experience Vancouver in 2010”. It showcases some of the things to see and do in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

    Large Resolution:

    Mobile Resolution:

    Go Vancouver!
    Mitch

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 30, 2010 11:13 pm

      Thanks Mitch! This is awesome! What great work you’ve done and such a fantastic spirit!!

      Happy Olympics!
      Andrea

  44. Tony permalink
    January 29, 2010 11:49 pm

    It was great meeting you for the first time today!! We have an awesome gig together!!

    GO VPE Crew!
    🙂

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 30, 2010 6:45 am

      Hi Tony,
      Great to meet you on our first day in the Village! Oh my gosh, VPE is totally the place to be!
      Hope to see you soon! – Andrea

  45. Racheal permalink
    January 30, 2010 3:43 pm

    It was so nice to see your parents on Jan 29th- thanks for making us famous! I am the one in the back with the hair pulled back. I work for the Accomodation Team at YVR. Love your blog!
    Rach 🙂

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 30, 2010 8:17 pm

      Thanks Rach! – It was really cool to get to post the photos my parents took. Hope you’re enjoying YVR!
      Cheers – Andrea

      • ashley permalink
        January 30, 2010 9:04 pm

        I am the one next to vincent

  46. January 31, 2010 8:26 pm

    Hi Andrea! I LOVE your blog and have started reading through your many many posts leading up to my trip to Vancouver (I leave Tuesday!). I just wanted to let you know that I’ve added your blog to my blogroll and wanted to know if its ok if I refer to your blog in a post? I’d love for my friends and family to know where I’m getting some of my inspiration from! Thank you for all of your great insight into Vancouver 2010 and for giving me great ideas to start my journey! I can’t wait to tell everyone about my adventures in Vancouver!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      January 31, 2010 10:51 pm

      So cool that you’re coming down! I just read your blog posts and I now am much more excited about figure skating than I ever have been before! I hope I get to meet you during your visit but look forward to reading about it too.
      Cheers – Andrea

  47. February 2, 2010 4:23 am

    I’ve heard many rumours about secret Live Acts that have yet to be announced..

    Will DEVO also be playing Vancouver after the Opening Ceremonies?

    also I’ve heard
    rumours of Manu Chao Performances..

    What have you heard?

  48. Karin permalink
    February 2, 2010 4:39 pm

    Hi Andrea: it is so very refreshing to read your blog. The Olympic suppliers (CTV and the Vancouver Sun) have been posting so many negative viewpoints on the Olympics that it is a little disheartening. However, I am an optimist and seek out the positive so your blog is very welcome.

    Keep it up!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 3, 2010 12:10 am

      Thanks Karin! It’s wonderful to hear from someone that is also an optimist!
      Happy Olympics to you!
      Andrea

  49. Jamie permalink
    February 3, 2010 4:12 am

    Hi Andrea! I am a born-and-raised Vancouverite, but am currently living overseas and am so sad not to be able to be home for the Olympics. Thanks for bringing it near, even from afar. I look forward to watching it unfold through your eyes!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 3, 2010 11:24 am

      Thanks for commenting Jamie. I imagine it must be hard to be away from home right now and I hope that my blog does help. Have fun cheering on Canada from wherever you are though!
      Andrea

  50. Scott permalink
    February 3, 2010 7:21 am

    Hi Andrea,

    Been reading your Blog for months now and with the games upon us I just wanted to say thanks for the updates and all the information. I too have been very excited for the games and cannot wait to experience it with my wife and children.

    Your days are getting busier so good luck with the rest of your journey through the games, I will check back daily to see the interesting reads as I have to date!

    Scott

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 3, 2010 10:34 am

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks so much for reading, I really appreciate it! You will have so much fun with your family, it’s going to be great down here!
      Go Canada!

  51. Earl permalink
    February 4, 2010 2:18 am

    Andrea,

    Thanks for all your hard work and long hours. I’ve been following your blog long enough to know that it must be exhausting for you. I recently spent a day with the family downtown, and planned what to do almost solely on information gleaned from your postings. It was a big hit. So thanks again.

    Hold on and enjoy the upcoming ride!

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 4, 2010 9:07 am

      Thanks Earl! It’s wonderful to hear that information from my posts is being used to find things to do in town!
      Happy Olympics to you and your family!
      Andrea

  52. Dan permalink
    February 4, 2010 9:29 am

    Made a little video showing the amazing light show being tested around Robson Square and surround high rise buildings. It really lights up the entire sky.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 4, 2010 11:59 am

      Thanks Dan,
      This is pretty cool. Can’t wait to see it in person!
      Go Canada Go!
      Andrea

  53. February 5, 2010 12:25 pm

    Hi from Lyon in France,

    I have discovered your blog today. It is very interesting. I’m interested in Olympic Games and I’m a collector. I’m collecting postcards and stamps about country organizing olympic games. You can see a little of my collection on my website, with some postcards about Vancouver.

    Have the best during olymic games.

    It’ s a wonderful Blog.

    Best regards,

    Sorry for ma english.

    Yannick

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 5, 2010 11:28 pm

      Hi Yannick,
      I would love to send you a postcard from Vancouver and suspect some other readers may as well. If you send my your address to 2010vanfan@gmail.com I will send you a card. And if Yannick agrees and you’d like to send him a postcard email me as well and I’ll make sure everyone gets connected.
      Sounds like so much fun!
      Thanks for commenting!
      Happy Olympics to you!
      Andrea

  54. February 6, 2010 4:19 pm

    Useful Vancouver web-site showing parking zones and rates along with Olympic restrictions and closures. Great for navigating downtown! 🙂

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 12:12 am

      Wow! Thanks Mark, this is a very handy map!
      Andrea

  55. jenn_lee_ca permalink
    February 6, 2010 4:45 pm

    Hey Andrea,

    Thanks for the positive blogs about the 2010 Olympics. Just wanted you to know that a Richmond O Zone facebook page is now live. I think social media is a great way to give feedback and to share experiences. Hope you become a fan! Here is the link to the Richmond O Zone facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-BC/Richmond-O-Zone/285561781985?ref=search&sid=610120354.3409473644..1

    All the free events are listed there.

    Cheers, Jen

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 12:11 am

      Thanks Jen, I’m sure lots of people will be checking it out! I can’t wait to go to the Richmond O Zone! 😀
      Happy Olympics! – Andrea

  56. jenn_lee_ca permalink
    February 6, 2010 4:49 pm

    Hey Andrea,

    Thanks for blogging on the 2010 Olympics. Just an FYI – Richmond O Zone just got a facebook page, so they are going social too! I think it is a great way to quickly find out all the free events at the Richmond O Zone — as well as sharing thoughts and photos with each other.

    Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-BC/Richmond-O-Zone/285561781985?ref=search&sid=610120354.3409473644..1

    Cheers, Jen

  57. February 7, 2010 11:42 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I saw your piece on the news and have been keeping up to date on your site for a while now. Thank you for helping bring the excitement back to the games for me.

    I live right next to BC Place and with all the security, the fences and stuff I felt that it was getting a little stressful but your stories are keeping my eye on the big picture that this is going to be something we’ll remember forever.

    Good luck with the rest of the games and I’m looking forward to reading more about it.

    Take care,
    Jeff

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 12:05 am

      Hi Jeff,
      I’m so happy that I’m helping you to be more excited about the Olympics! You’re going to have such a wonderful time right there in the heart of so much activity! It will be awesome!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Andrea

  58. February 8, 2010 1:51 pm

    Affordable 2010 Winter Olympic Accommodations Supporting Charity

    Hello Andrea,

    I thought you might be interested to hear about Home For The Games, as you are a big Vancouver fan.

    Home For The Games is a non-profit, accommodation website that matches visitors with Vancouver hosts for short-term home stays. We encourage hosts to charge reasonable rates and half of the nightly fee is directed to charitable organizations tackling homelessness.

    There’s no fee to list or book a room on the Home For The Games website. Visitors choose their accommodation and pay half of the deposit up front through a secure online payment processing system – the rest is payable to the home stay host upon arrival.

    Home For The Games has been endorsed by the City of Vancouver (http://vancouver.ca/). We’re creating opportunities for Olympic and Paralympic Games visitors to share an unforgettable Olympic experience with Canadians while supporting charity.

    To find accommodation and learn more about Home For The Games please visit our website at http://www.homeforthegames.com.

    We invite you to help us promote Home For The Games to your readers through your website and blog. You can learn more about Home For The Games by visiting our website at http://www.homeforthegames.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions.

    We appreciate your consideration.

    Warm Regards,
    Hannah

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 8, 2010 4:22 pm

      Thanks for this Hannah, I had heard about the program several months ago and had thought I had posted about it but I don’t seem to have done so. The information you provided here will be available in this comments section but I will try to post about it tonight as well. It’s nice to see that there are still some affordable accommodations and even better that it helps out charitable organizations!
      Thanks again, this is wonderful.
      Regards,
      Andrea – 2010vanfan blogger

  59. Charles Neal permalink
    February 12, 2010 12:29 pm

    Just saw you on GlobalTV Vancouver. I’m from Rothesay, New Brunswick. Like your site and plan to make daily visits to it.

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 13, 2010 1:45 pm

      Thanks Charles! A reader from New Brunswick! That’s great!
      Happy Olympics to you!
      Andrea

  60. February 12, 2010 1:22 pm

    Hi, Andrea ..

    Very much enjoying your blog and fresh news from first Vancouver hands!
    I’m going to translate to russian and publish some perfect publications from your blog on my project. I hope it’s allowed and I’ll save all your copyrights.

    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Alexander

    • 2010vanfan permalink
      February 13, 2010 1:42 pm

      Hi Alexander,

      Yes, it would be very neat to have some of my work translated to Russian. I would love to see it when you’re done!

      Thanks for your interest and thanks for reading!
      Andrea

  61. Tom permalink
    February 13, 2010 9:59 pm

    Hope you won’t stop blogging now the games are on!

  62. Kelly Sullenberger permalink
    February 21, 2010 5:06 pm

    Hey, is anybody willing to sell their backpack? I’m buying! We tried to find it everywhere in vancouver but no luck!

    • Kelly Sullenberger permalink
      February 21, 2010 5:07 pm

      Hey, is anybody willing to sell their backpack? I’m buying! We tried to find it everywhere in vancouver but no luck! Please email ToYourPeak@yahoo.com

  63. kate permalink
    March 4, 2010 5:03 pm

    I have started a petition to begin a new holiday in BC… Glowing Hearts Day!

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/glowing-hearts-day-in-bc/signatures.html

    I’d love for you to check it out, mention it if you can, and also pass it around. We deserve a February holiday in BC, and one that honours our Olympic Glory would be the BEST. Let’s strike while the topic is HOT.

    Regards
    Kate Holmes

  64. July 9, 2010 1:48 am

    Hi Andrea! As I’m going through your entire blog, post olympics I thought I’d say Hi over here. I was drawn to your blog because of the positivity, it’s so easy to find whiners on the internet and it’s great to find a person who likes to look at the positive. But I can tell that you have good reason to be positive, your excitement definitely shines through!
    Anyway I’m vicariously living Vancouver 2010 through your blog, and taking notes for when I get over there!
    Thanks again,
    Sarah

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