"I'm not sure what I was expecting three days before the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Winter Olympics. I know whenever my hubby and I are having dinner or weekend guests, I'm scrambling right up to the last moment before the door flies open to familiar faces. Well, not Vancouver. With a quarter of a million strangers expected in Doug Coupland's so-named City of Glass Feb. 12-28, it quietly oozed calm and cool. Most folks I talked with didn't even seem all that upset about the lack of snow at Cypress Mountain, the venue for snowboard and freestyle competitions."
You can read the rest of my piece in Crosscut here: Vancouver itself is a spectator sport, no tickets required
Shopper in downtown Vancouver during the Winter Olympics
Photo by Sue Frause