For those of you who don’t know, I live right in the middle of the city currently hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver. The streets are packed with languages from all over the world and the happiness and energy are palpable.
Aside from the actual sporting events, there are multiple daily musical performances, fireworks, vector light shows, and much more. Many main roads are closed, there are major parking/stopping restrictions and transit is brimming. The security is requiring hours to get into many venues. And there are of course the background controversies around the cost of the Games, displacement, and the various related effects of a massive influx of visitors.
In the middle of February, we’re having a warm spring with flowers up and cherry trees coming into bloom. I was out yesterday without a coat. As this is a “Winter” Olympics, this has caused some problems with snowlessness on slopes like Cypress where the snowboarding is. They had to truck and fly in most of the snow for those courses.
The place is also a sea of Olympics Sponsor labels, even the sides of large buildings. Lulumon, the locally based yogawear company, produced some non-Olympics sanctioned wear with a little humor. I’ve tried to get one of their EH? t-shirts but they’ve been out of my size every time I’ve gone by and rather pricey.
Quite the spectacle and adventure unfolding around us.