|This is my one entry for all of the Olympics in February. I could only take my smaller digital camera into places and events with me, so the photos are neither as detailed or as close up as I would have liked. Malcolm did take a few photos with his camera, but they are mostly of the opening ceremonies which most of you saw anyway, and are too big of a pain to download! Most of my photos are of where I volunteered in the Olympic Village on False Creek in Vancouver. I was in the operations office of the Village, in a little room atop what they called the Mall building. It is a 3-story building: the bottom floor is stores, a bank, and other services for the athletes. The second floor was meeting rooms, and the third floor was where the village was run from. Our only access to that floor was via the outside rooftop garden overlooking the Flag Plaza right on False Creek, so going to and from the office I had wonderful views. Being in the Village also meant that occasionally I got a look at some of the ceremonies taking place there. For the first few days before the opening ceremonies there were several ceremonies per day welcoming each country's delegation officially to the village. There were usually MC'd by Vancouver actress Sandra Oh, and included the two Village honorary mayors former Olympians Tricia Smith and Rick Hansen, and lots of flag-flying and anthem playing. I also saw the Olympic Truce Ceremony, which is held each Olympics confirming the hope that at least for the Olympics all countries involved will cease hostilities. There were also free concerts - I saw part of the concert Ashley McIsaac gave. The audience was mostly Canadians as they knew who he was, but it was a great show. After I had left to let a co-worker watch part of the concert, at the end he threw his bow out into the audience as a thank you to the volunteers standing watching. It was enjoyable just walking around the village before/after shirts and at meal breaks - there were lots of athletes and policemen to smile at, and it was fun watching the flags and signs going up on the residences - it was usually not hard to figure out which countries were staying in which buildings! On one of my days off Malcolm and I had lunch with his family in North Vancouver, then we came across on the Sea Bus. He went off to BC Place to work, and I walked to the Olympic Cauldron for photos, then up to the BC Pavilion at the Art Gallery - the only pavilion I was inside! The weather was beautiful, the flowers were in bloom, and people were in great moods everywhere. I visited with one of the ladies I work with in Port McNeill, and then when it was dark I walked back down to the cauldron for more photos before heading back to North Vancouver and our car. The only night Malcolm and I were both free, we did go see one women's hockey game at Canada Hockey Place. It was USA versus Sweden, and most of the Canadian crowd cheered for Sweden, although that didn't help them against the much better USA team. At least we could say we'd seen one sporting event. For three nights in the last week I went with Malcolm and "moonlighted" for 3 shifts on his team at BC Place. The first 2 nights I was outside in the rain and/or cold helping people out at the corner of Robson and Beatty streets, and I had a ball! Everyone was so friendly, and everyone was cheering the Canadians (there was a big screen TV across the road at Alberta House where they had the Canadian Mens hockey games on), and I loved just giving directions and talking to people. And my third night with Malcolm - he got me on an inside ushering job, so I got to watch most of the medal presentations and all of the Burton Cummings concert which followed and which was terrific. I paid for it the next day, though - after 4 hours sleep I had to get up and go in on Skytrain to my normal job for two morning shirts - I got through them just on caffeine! Finally, I stayed home and cleaned up the motorhome and campsite while Malcolm worked the closing ceremony, and the next day we headed home to Port Hardy.