At noon today, the English Bay inukshuk that inspired the 2010 Olympics logo received its red mittens. In North Vancouver, the Russian tall ship Kruzenstern has just docked, ready to add yet another fun element to the massive Russian presence here. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics and Russia has taken over the entire geodesic dome of the Science Centre.
The IOC is also now safely ensconced in the Westin Bayshore hotel with scores of specially marked cars waiting to whisk them to their destinations.
Even if you don’t have tickets to any sports, you will be busy! Hundreds of free concerts and events will keep you hopping all across Metro Vancouver and Whistler. Check out the free events. The events of the huge Cultural Olympiad are not free but also worth checking out .
As I write, a friend of mine is at a rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies. Her three messages so far (complete secrecy is required): “This is amazing!”, “Awesome!” and “I’m getting REALLY excited now!” So am I!
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[Photos: Tuija Seipell]