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Vancouver 2010 - Pt. 2: From Richmond To Robson

Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:33 pm

Vancouver 2010 - Pt.2: From Richmond to Robson

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Sorry for all the periods on every line. This is the only way I can have a space between the pictures.

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The night we arrived, we did not get to sleep until 2am. We spent that time catching up with our relatives. After freshening up, we ate a hearty breakfast and made our way to the Richmond Olympic Oval.

We saw the Oval the night before when we were heading home from the airport. Now, my dad wanted to get better pictures of the Olympics venue. My uncle and aunt dropped us off nearby and we walked to the Oval.


First view of the ROO.


Richmond Olympic Oval


ROO.


Note the fence design


Directions to Ozone


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R.Ozone sign

My dad became disappointed because chain link fences surrounded the venue. The fence itself was wallpapered in Vancouver 2010 logos.

I fell into the line for tickets just to see if we could get into any of the nighty Victory Ceremonies. The Victory Ceremonies are held every night to award the medals to the athletes, which is then followed by a performance. Tickets started at $22, so if we were to attend any Olympic program, it would be this one.


Main entrance to ROO.


There was an event going on that afternoon and spectators were arriving in the morning!


Ticket Office


Even the mascots need tickets to get in!

While my dad wandered around taking pictures, I struck up a conversation with some Canadians in line. We talked about Team Canada's curling and hockey teams.

I'll admit, I'm a bad American. For the Vancouver 2010 Games, I was cheering for Team Canada. I guess I sympathized with them for not having won a gold on home turf, and after they won their first gold, I never switched back. Especially spending the Games in Canada, it seemed that other Canadians enjoyed an American cheering on their home country  .

So, while talking with this very nice Canadian lady, we got to the subject of her Red Mittens. Unexpectedly, she took them off and gave them to me. Albeit, they were worn, a little dirty and had a hole in one of them, I've never seen this level of Canadian kindness and hospitality before! I said "Thank you," and she replied, "No problem! I have another pair at home and your hand were looking cold anyways." That instance reminded me of another excellent example of Canadian hospitality I'll mention in my Air Canada portion of this Trip Report Series.

Here are some more pictures from the Richmond Oval:

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Afterwards, we walked to the Richmond O-Zone. The O-Zone is the Olympic celebration site in Richmond. These celebration sites are free and open to the public and usually have pavilions for people to enjoy.


Interesting inukshuk sculpture!

The celebration grounds themselves were closed, but the Holland Heineken House was open!


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Inside the Heineken House!


Expensive!


When the Netherlands got gold, this place was crowded!


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We soon left the Richmond O-Zone and took the SkyTrain to Vancouver. It was very interesting to speak with a Dutch family that was on their way to visit the Olympic Cauldron. A great thing about the Olympics is that you can meet people from all over the world!


Richmond: Host City!


At all celebration sites, there are big screens to watch the Olympics from!


Richmond City Hall


IHOP: Canadian Style

Before we went to LiveCity Downtown, we stopped by The Bay. We tried to go to the Olympic Superstore there, but there was a ridiculously long line to get in. We did visit the International Pavilion: a store with team apparel from many other nations. We went one floor above to find the Canadian Athletes' House! Here, Canadian athletes and their families would have rested and met.


Sign greeting athletes and their families

We walked to LiveCity Downtown where the Canada House and Manitoba Pavilion were.


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Inside the Canada House.


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Vancouver 2010 Olympic Flame Torch.


Here, you could get your picture with the torch!

Inside the Manitoba House was a model for the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


We then visited the Aboriginal Pavilion nearby. However, we were lead directly to the gift shop because of the long lines leading to the main entrance.


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Walking down Robson St., we soon found ourselves near BC Place.

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View of BC Place!


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Walking back up, we watched the Sardis Secondary School's Marching Band performing near Robson Square.


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There were many performances held at Robson at this time. Surely, this was the center for all the action going on in the city! Farther down Robson St. were filled with pedestrians and people. Crowds gathered outside the CTV mini-pavilion and watched the curling game. My dad and I walked around, taking in the excitement of the Olympics.

I was so drawn into the action, I almost forgot to take pictures!

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British Columbia Pavilion

Visitors could zip-line high above Robson Square, if you wait seven hours!

At one of the stages, this gymnastics troupe put on a great performance!

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That night, Canada narrowly beat Slovakia to move on to the Gold Medal match against the United States and women's curling won the silver medal against Sweden. People were reveling in the streets celebrating the night's victories and preparing for the US v. Canada Gold Medal hockey game!


Very close curling match!

We got off at Tempteton Station and waited for our ride to arrive. Templeton is right outside YVR, and you can see the Air Canada hangars nearby.


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Tired from a great first day, I still stayed up and talked with friends by Facebook and watched CTV until I fell asleep.

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Please comment! More of my Olympic adventure to come in the next TR segment!
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