The Olympic coffee (decaf of course) courtesy of db, our resident barista. He called it the Whistler Blackcomb coffee.
We didn't get to visit the city on the weekend as I had hoped, but went on an evening after work. We were a little concerned because the men's hockey was that night, which would determine who would go to play for the gold medal. However, we timed it well so that by the time we did our route, the game had just finished and we were one our way home.
The broadcast centre.
The cauldron as seen through the fence.
And through the gap in the plexiglass.
The Vancouver Art Gallery was not only open for free to the public, but was also screening short art films on an outdoor screen.
Near the outdoor skating rink. The steps to the gallery.
First Nations Pavilion.
We saw a few spheres outside of pavilions that were projecting images. It seemed like a popular idea to give this sense of place on a global shape.
The Quebec pavilion, however, was cube shaped. It was a glowing blue cube.
The cube also projected images from La Belle Provence.
We had to go in the Quebec pavilion (db is from there). The interior also had projected images. There was a band playing some blues on stage, and there was a Quebec beer being sold that intrigued db, but at $10 a glass we decided to pass, and wait until we're actually in Quebec this summer to sample it.
View from near the Science Centre (also known as the Russian pavilion during the Olympics).
The orb is the Saskatchewan pavilion.
Sunday at Whistler Olympic Park, we went to the men's 50k cross country skiing. Here's the start line.
We had a view of them on the trail up above going into a downhill section.
And then just in front of us after climbing an uphill section.
And again there they are on the outer track.
db and I both agreed that this guy had too much cow, and not enough cowbell.
The Norwegian fans were about to see a great finish. It was very exciting to watch Petter Northug do his thing. He sprinted to the finish and took the gold.
Devon Kershaw, the Canadian skier, had a great race. He was near the front for the entire race, and came so close to a bronze. Very exciting.
I became a real fan of this sport over the 2 weeks. I only hope to take it up myself next year. We'll see.