Friday, February 26, 2010

On the Streets of Vancouver on Friday Night

Today we were back in Vancouver to attend short track speed skating at the Pacific Coliseum. Before the event, we took the Skytrain into downtown Vancouver to eat lunch at a great Indian restaurant and to do some shopping.

Canadian spirit is everywhere. Here a huge Canadian flag is reflected on the front of the Toronto Dominion Tower.

After tonight's short track speed skating, we took the Skytrain into downtown Vancouver and hung out on Robson Street. The Canadian men's hockey team had just beaten Slovakia in a semi-final game, and the crowds on Robson street were celebrating.

We also wandered over so that Kate and Mike could see the Olympic Flame. The barrier has been moved closer and larger gaps and Plexiglas have been added to the chain link fence, making the barrier a bit less obtrusive, but it's still a shame that the view of the flame has to be obscured in such a draconian fashion.

I hope these young Canadian girls didn't use Sharpie markers to create those tattoos, or they may not be quite so temporary. Such is the enthusiasm of our Canadian hosts at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

The International Broadcast Center, housed in the new Vancouver Convention Center, is a beautiful sight, particularly at night, with the Olympic Rings glowing in the background.

This video captures a bit of the enthusiasm in downtown Vancouver. Back on Robson Street, we watch the crowd as we wait for our crepes at a wonderful little restaurant that has become a popular night spot.

There are more photos on my Flickr site.

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