We’re back from the Vancouver Winter Olympics! Great international time for all!

From a design point of view…
The fashion was HOT and the mascots rocked. The overall volunteer color, and there was lots of it, was called “chill”. It coordinated well with the Olympic logo’s “winter ocean”. The leader of the mascots was Quatchi, a shy and gentle giant, a Sasquatch… he’d be a great hockey goalie. Here he is with Sumi on the side of a financial tower. I like blue AND fur… so I was happy. The 2010 Olympic logo tells another regional story. For centuries the Inuit people of Canada’s arctic stacked rock in human form to create the Inukshuk, a steadfast guidepost that provided direction across the vast northern landscape. These are the roots of true directional signage. Over time the Inukshuk has become a symbol of hope and friendship, and for the winter games warmly welcomes the world with open arms. Many of the city’s bays are lined with ragged rocks and for the big event travelers and locals have taken to building thousands of the Inukshuk on the shores, making an impressive urban edge. Kids are especially leading the force of builders. Once in while the rocks fall during construction and you hear finger-smashing hollers. There should be a special warning symbol just for that.


From a sportsman point of view…

Curling don’t laugh is an awesome sport to watch… maybe to play… we’ll see. The sport has turned many corners in its image. The ladies are pretty and the men buff… casting off the image of it being only a lazy men’s pastime. We didn’t make it to the mountains, but in town the speed skating was amazing. We had great seats… could almost hear the coaches kvetching to the athletes. The performance of the human body is beautiful.


From a foodies point of view…

Vancouver is a vast international metropolis that has offered world-food way before the Olympics ever arrived. All of it is still there for the choosing and at a good price, if you wondered just outside of the Olympic bubble… sometimes just across the street. Since I know Vancouver pretty well we visited our favorites and found a few new ones too. Like the best NY style pizza, thin crust, at Goldie’s, along with cocktails if you want to add a little twist to pizzeria norm.
From a spiritual point of view…

We saw people from Russia, Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and many more; like detached islands talking in native tongues and watching sports. The world has come together for a little more than 2 weeks and those who believe in the “Olympic Truce” they question why not beyond the duration of the Olympic events? Sustain the truce year round. Being at an Olympics gives you a little bit of the flavor of what that would be like and it’s wonderful!

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