A late afternoon stroll

I hate to even say this, but I think things are winding down in Vancouver. The line up for the Mint Pavilion was only about 3 hours long when I took my lunch at 1:30 this afternoon. One of my big desires ever since Germany House was under construction down on Cordova Street was to have lunch there. I don’t know why. So today was the day. Usually there’s a line up all the way to the Skytrain Station, but today? I just walked in, grabbed the bratwurst shown above and enjoyed my meat on a bun with these fine people:

I watched some speed skating and caught an interview on the big screen with the bummed out, disqualified speed skater from the Netherlands, Sven Kramer. OUCH. That is a crazy story. You just never know what can happen in the Olympics.

After my tasty sauerkraut sandwich, I headed up to one of the Aboriginal pavilions. Not the big fancy one, but the one on Georgia which has a big theatre in that white dome.

They were serving bannock and venison, but I took a pass. I just had that smoky at Germany House. I did a quick tour of the gift shop and headed out after that. It’s so weird. Not waiting in line for anything.

Down the street, I found this art installation outside the library.

It dawned on me at this point that this would look pretty cool at night – and so would that white dome where the totem pole was. Tomorrow I’ll be downtown late anyway, so I will bring my tripod and get some night shots.

As I made my way back to the office around 2:30, the streets were strangely quiet. Plenty of people were walking around, like these guys,

but the mood was subdued and a bit eerie. I’ve become accustomed to lots more noise and cheering, happy people. I think that it had to do with the hockey game this afternoon. Canadians VS. Russia – a big event – and I think a lot of people were just preoccupied with that. So hopefully now that Canada won that game, the party will be back in the streets!

And speaking of party in the streets, I was gifted some awesome pins today. I’m being showered with pins! Here’s my official pin board. The pins you see on this board are the ones I’m not willing to trade at this time. According to pin etiquette, if you are wearing your pins, that means you’re willing to trade them. So I’m keeping these bad boys at home. Somehow I still have plenty to trade. Pins are amazing that way.

Do you see the Starbucks pin? I had no idea they even existed. Of course I had heard rumours, but in real life? No way. My boss gave this to me today and took great pleasure in my excitement. She doesn’t understand pins, but that’s okay, because if she did, there would be no way she’d ever just give this to me.

My friend Denise gave me the official City of Vancouver pin – the big white one on the right there. Very cool – it’s got the Olympic and Paralympic logos on it AND the host city. I’m hanging on to that one.

And Cathy Mechanic gave me the beautiful Nunavut pin. Gasp! It’s tiny and blue and has a polar bear on it. And it’s a province/territory pin. Another keeper.

Bratwurst at Germany House + pins = another successful Olympic day in Vancouver.


  1. ariane c says:

    Hey Carol,
    Looks like the pin collection is picking up speed. I have to photograph my blanket one of these days. You’d love it! Got several more Olympic pins today and am thrilled that some of them have movable pieces! This is going to be a mother of a collection by the time I’m done šŸ˜‰
    Happy collecting/trading!

  2. Dianne says:

    Oooh, a P.E.I pin too! Your collection is growing…I have a gold RBC Olympic pin for you too…well not real gold, but will send it to you for your collection if you don’t have one already.

  3. Grrrreg says:

    How many of these nations pavilions are there now in Vancouver? It looks like fun. What does the French one look like? (If we even have one)

  4. Leah says:

    Well! My co-workers know when to take the day off, don’t they?
    I heard the score was 3-0 before I left for work last night. Glad we won the game.
    I have a few pins for you too. See if you like them.

  5. Cynthia says:

    Nice pins!! I have a Circle Craft one if you’d like it, I even designed it! I’ll keep it for you!
    And I was wondering what it would be like this week, if things were starting to slow down in the city. :))

  6. Chris says:

    I’ve seen the Starbucks pin on barista at Starbucks, but would love to get my hand on one nonetheless. For someone like me who likes pins, I sure don’t have many.. boo.

    As for the lines, the only one I see every day from work is the massive lineup to get a good picture of the Olympic Torch Cauldron – about the only time it was reasonable was last night during the hockey game and in slight drizzle.

  7. Denise says:

    First, your bratwurst photo is awesome, I love the red background. Second, your pin collection is awesome and it looks like everyone’s willing to give you one – I wish I had one to send you.
    Loving your ‘reported in the field’ posts – very interesting. It’s fun to live vicariously through you!

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