Mar 4 2011

The long road to India

My trip to the subcontinent has been a bit more challenging than I anticipated. What was supposed to be a “leisurely” 24 hour trip from Moncton to Mumbai had so far lasted 32 hours – and I haven’t even left North America yet.

Remind to February 28th and I was on a scheduled routing from Moncton to Halifax to Newark to Mumbai. I was dreading the 15-hour flight across the Atlantic but once I get moving, I just want to get it over with. Unfortunately, Mother Nature conspired against my plans and brought a snowstorm to town. Still, I would have been okay had Continental Airlines not had mechanical and customer service problems that led to me missing my flight and having to take the same one 24 hours later.

So – what does one do to pass the time when stranded in Newark? Well, first you hide out in your ultra dodgy hotel room next door to a state penitentiary. You try to ignore the stains in the walls and the broken door handles. Then, when you get kicked out of your room by housekeeping, you hang out in the hotel lobby for the free WiFi before heading to EWR for your night flight.

So here I am, waiting next to my gate in Newark Airport, landing a full day later than expected and after my friends who flew from Australia. I hope they’re waiting for me with a cold beer when I get there, 50 hours after I left my home.

I will vacation extra hard to make up for the lost day once I get there. Next time I write, I will be in India.

Mar 3 2010

What to do with

Now that the Olympics are over, I am left with a website full of memories, some form of readership (I’ve never known how many people read my posts) and no idea what to do with this website next.

So, please, in the comments section below: what should I do with now that the Olympics are over?

Mar 3 2010


Less than 12 hours after finishing my last volunteer shift at the Whistler Olympic Village (and watching Kevin Martin’s crew take the gold in men’s curling – woohoo!), I was in the car driving south to the Vancouver International Airport along the dark Sea to Sky Highway, my Olympic adventure coming to an end.

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Feb 27 2010

My last day as a Smurf

Today was my last day volunteering at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and my last day in British Columbia. I will be leaving this beautiful place with a lifetime of great memories and a happy heart. Continue reading

Feb 26 2010

A week of sporting excellence

Oh what a week it’s been! A week full of fun and excitement, full of early mornings and late, late nights, full of cheering and medals. I’ve seen some pretty incredible sporting events in the last week, and they’ve kept me from writing as every night I’ve been so tired I’ve just collapsed into bed in a heap. I like to think I’ve had a hand in delivering 3 medals to Canada through my enthusiastic cheering and attendance at events. Here, quickly then, is a summary of what I’ve seen this last week. Continue reading

Feb 25 2010

New Brunswick Day

As part of Olympic attractions, many countries and provinces have set up pavilions in Vancouver and Whistler for Canadians and foreign nationals alike to learn about the culture, food, beverage and customs of other regions. The Netherlands, for instance, erected Heineken House in Richmond distributing samples of Heineken beer while the Russians took over the Science Centre in Vancouver to showcase their country and some of their plans for Sochi in 2014.

From a provincial perspective, the 4 Atlantic Canadian provinces decided to rent a space together for Atlantic Canada House. This pavilion is located on Granville Island, a short distance from downtown Vancouver and accessible by streetcar. Atlantic Canada House has proven very popular during the Games with their free nightly concerts causing people to line up sometimes for 5-6 hours in advance to ensure a spot.

The day we attended the ski cross, I met up with my friend Matt to go to Atlantic Canada House. I had been in contact with someone in Fredericton who had gotten us invitations to a reception being put on at Atlantic Canada House for New Brunswick Night. Continue reading

Feb 24 2010

Skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb

With all of the volunteer shifts and sporting events at the Olympics, all of my days here were booked with something Olympic-related except for one. Today we have free tickets to the women’s 2-person bobsleigh final in Whistler, but it doesn’t start until 17:00 at which point they do the final 2 heats to determine the winner. That meant I had a whole day free to do something else, and I decided this was going to be the day I went skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb. Continue reading

Feb 24 2010

Spectating is exhausting!

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything here, and that’s because I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of the Olympics and long days attending events. Why so long, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

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Feb 21 2010

An unbridled display of patriotism

The Olympic Cauldron burns brightly along Burrard Inlet in downtown Vancouver

For the last two days, I’ve been a spectator at two Olympic events: yesterday’s long hill ski jumping final, and today’s Russia-Czech Republic men’s hockey game. Throughout both of them, I have witnessed such an unbridled display of patriotism that I feel awed by my compatriots.

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Feb 19 2010

Rubbing shoulders with royalty

On my second last day of volunteering, everything came together in a Holy Trinity of great weather, using my French language skills and having a personal encounter with royalty. Continue reading