Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Delaney: On my last day, Whistler more alive

Wouldn't you know it.

On my last full day in Whistler, the village was more alive than at anytime since I arrived nine days ago.

I did some work in the Whistler Media Centre and walked around the village on my way up to the luge track. It's beautiful here today. The sun is shining and it's about 45 degrees. This weather may not be winter enough for Winter Olympic fans, but for a winter-phob such as myself this is grand.

My quest for additional pairs of Vancouver 2010 red mittens has intensified. I went back to The Olympic Store in the Whistler Medals Plaza, but no luck. I have one more chance Thursday morning before I get on the bus to the Vancouver airport.

What I did find in the medals plaza was a wonderful, festival-type atmosphere enhanced by the music of local band Spy vs. Spy. They play at the Brew House in the medals plaza once a week but during the Olympics the duo is there daily at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, they played a compelling rendition of Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. I forgot about that song. I could've stayed there all day listening to them and watching Whistler go by. A popular activity for the passers by was posing for pictures on the Olympic rings in the plaza.

I miss Whistler already.


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