My Olympics Part 7 – A Trip To The Prairies

I’m glad you are all enjoying these Olympic recaps. I know I’m having fun putting them together and reliving the 17 day party that Vancouver saw. Expect most of them to be somewhat shorter in length as we go through all my volunteer shift days – unfortunately, all that working doesn’t allow for as much sightseeing and photography. But I’ll try and keep you entertained 😉

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I was up and at it for another day of volunteering. I may have slept a wee bit longer, as I realized I didn’t need quite as much time to get ready for my shift as I planned on. Sweet! It also helps when you have a super fast breakfast planned.

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There are very few breakfast quicker to make than a smoothie. This one contained the usual suspects – banana, protein powder, cocoa, peanut butter, oats, milk. What can I say? It tastes good!

Packed up and ready to go, I made my way into the city for my 3rd volunteer shift. The 3rd shift is a special day – you get an appreciation gift! We also got them after our 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th (if you have that many), and last shifts. I’ll share those all with you in a later post 😉 I collected my little gift, and made my way to the briefing room to learn my fate for the day.

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The sea of volunteers. We referred to ourselves as the blue jackets (after our coveted jackets – people were offering top dollar to buy them from us) or the Smurfs. Random side note – the briefing room was set up in the parking lot underneath GM Place…I mean, Canada Hockey Place.

It was another lucky day for me, as I pulled another inside position for the day. This time I was on the main concourse level, again working as an usher. Well, until I got moved to door duty, to stop people from leaving the arena to go for a smoke. And then I was moved again, this time to the media section as an usher. I guess they were short staffed, and were just trying to cover the most dire positions. Unfortunately, it meant I sort of got forgotten about, and didn’t get my lunch break until the first game ended – at 14:30!

Speaking of lunch…

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If my memory serves me, this looks like potato & leek soup, a ham & Swiss cheese sandwich, whole wheat roll, and granola bar. I think I pretty much inhaled it, as I was starving! And really, this lunch combo wasn’t that bad.

Again, we got the new set of spectators in for the 2nd game of the day, and I was able to snap my only hockey photo.

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Looks like Sweden vs. Germany. Lots of Canucks players on the ice – the Sedin twins for Sweden and Erhoff for Germany. Woo!

Once I was off shift, I made my way over to the pavilions beside the arena. I figured it was a good afternoon/evening to check out more of the free activities going on.

The chosen pavilion…

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The Saskatchewan Pavilion. It always had a line up when I went past, so obviously, there must be something worth going in to see, right?

Right away, they got a thumbs up, as they were showing the hockey game I’d just left.

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They also had alot of displays set up for various businesses in Saskatchewan. My favourite was the one for the Pulse Growers in SK. Probably because they were giving out recipe books featuring beans and lentils.

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Another fun feature was the “Have Your Photo Taken In Saskatchewan” booth. How could I pass on that? I went with the epitome of SK scenes – a wheat field!

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If only they let me keep the hat and gloves 😉

I then headed into the second portion of the pavilion – the beer garden!

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I wasn’t into having any drinks, but it looked like it would be a fun place in the evenings. Reasonably priced food (including perogies and bison burgers), drinks,  and live entertainment.

Since I wasn’t in the mood to get my drink on, and definitely wasn’t hungry (seeing as I’d barely finished lunch a couple hours before), I set out with the intent of heading home. But I got sidetracked.

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I took a quick wander through the Aboriginal Business Showcase & Artisan Village, which was interesting, but I wasn’t looking to buy anything, so it was a quick walk through. Then I made my way past the Aboriginal Pavilion.

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As I was walking past, I was informed that they were going to be putting on another show in about 20 minutes, so I figured what the heck, why not stop in?

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The show was entitled “We Are Here”, and projected on the whole inside of the dome. It was set inside a First Nations’ Longhouse, showcasing images from tribes from a variety of geographic areas. It was really cool – stunning images, sounds. I tried to get some pictures, but since it was impossible to get the whole inside of the dome in my camera frame, they don’t do it justice.

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I swung past the cauldron one more time (although, not the last time) on my way to catch the train home.  What can I say? It’s just too beautiful at night.

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I arrived home not too late, and ready to eat. Good thing there was some pizza waiting for me.

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Other than the nightly ritual of sitting on the couch catching up on all the Olympic events from the day, that’s all she wrote! Until the next day of course – which you’ll just have to come back to see.

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4 Comments on “My Olympics Part 7 – A Trip To The Prairies”

  1. March 6, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    I love that Sasketchewan pic of you 🙂 So cute! I’m definitely loving the recaps!

  2. March 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    That wheat field pic is priceless. That is what memories are made of!

  3. March 7, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    I am in awe of how much excitement that you were able to experience. I am extremely jealous but happy that I”knew” someone who got to experience it live.

  4. March 7, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Really enjoy the recaps, great pics! I got 2 pair of the red mittens and I just love them! Looking forward to more recaps!

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