My lunch time adventure today consisted of hopping on the Canada Line to make a quick trip into the official Coke Pin Trading Centre at the airport. It was a short and sweet trip. If you put a pin on their map, you get a coke pin made of recycled material. Very cool. The big pin map will be sent to a pin museum in the States and put on display there. I’m sure my Albertan Christian College pin will enjoy itself in the United States.
I had plans to take all night shots today, but I had a photo gig for DOXA tonight and it really wasn’t that dark when I walked across the Burrard Street Bridge, so you couldn’t see the light display below at all. That’s okay, because tomorrow we’re going to a tweet-up downtown, so I’ll get a chance to catch more of the night life. But here’s what I did see along the way…
In the last two days, I’ve had two marching bands go past me on the street. I guess you know it’s the Olympics when you are constantly being followed by high school marching bands. This is the band that I passed yesterday.
I didn’t get today’s band in focus, unfortunately. But that’s okay. I did get to see two huge lit up planter lanterns with the Russian design and their mascot, the Blue Cheburashka again. I just have to tell you, I keep getting hits on the post I did about that blue fuzzy guy a couple of weeks ago. He really is THAT popular. My friend, Vera, loaned me her two brown Cheburashkas so I can take their photos, but I need to somehow incorporate his theme song. It plays it when you press his hand. The music is very cute.
Across the street from the Burrard Street Bridge, I spotted the Olympic Rings and a flag way up there…
And here’s one more display of Canadian spirit I found over near Commercial Drive the other day.
I love all these outbursts of Canadian spirit. We realized something this week downtown. Anytime a Canadian athlete won a medal, the “noon horn” would go off. The “noon horn” sounds like fog horn and plays the first line of “Oh Canada”. Yesterday it went off around 2:30 and tonight around 5:45, it went off again for the women’s hockey gold medal win. I love all the details they’ve added for the games. It’s like discovering treasure on a treasure map.