Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Vancouver - Take 2

My second week in Vancouver is over and I have not had any shifts since December 19th so nothing much to report on my volunteer duties. 

I took the time to drive up to Whistler on Sunday (December 27th) to meet up with a couple who emigrated from the UK just over two years ago and who both work in Whistler.

The new Sea to Sky Highway is a vast improvement . It only took 90 minutes from Vancouver to Whistler.  If you are out here take the drive it is well worth it. 

Sunday was a fantastic day, weather wise, and the views on the drive were spectacular as you can see from the picture.  Quite a few tourists are avoiding Whistler this year - guess why?. 

There are major signs indicating the main venues but most of the Olympic signage for the village has yet to be put up.  During the Olympics, cars will not be allowed on the Sea to Sky Highway from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. unless you are a "local".  There will be buses to get Vancouver residents to the Whistler events but the Whistler residents are not being provided with buses to get them to the events in Vancouver.  They are not happy!

While in Whistler, I dropped by the Van 2010 ticket booth to see what tickets might have become available.  Surprise, surprise, they had just got some very good Opening Ceremony tickets (returned from some international allocation).  I took the bait and got some.  So now if my volunteer duties change regarding the Opening Ceremonies I will go.  If I work, I may have some to sell!!

My shifts start-up again tonight and then things get into a high gear after Jan 1st.
It appears that the cast support volunteers are doing well ( I'm not sure if that includes yours truly) so they do not need as many volunteers on each shift.

I will have quite a few shifts from January 2nd until I head back to Ottawa on January 11th.  Once I get back to Vancouver (January 18th), the shifts will be in BC Stadium and since we cannot get out during the shifts, we'll get fed.

Best wishes for 2010

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