Vancouver is a lovely city. The locals always had the time to help capture a photograph, provide directions, or offer my daughter a souvenir pin. A stroll along the West End waterfront is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Miles and miles of paths for pedestrians and bicycles connect the West End to Stanley...

Submitted by Cynthia Bishop

Vancouver is a lovely city. The locals always had the time to help capture a photograph, provide directions, or offer my daughter a souvenir pin. A stroll along the West End waterfront is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Miles and miles of paths for pedestrians and bicycles connect the West End to Stanley Park. We remarked several times that Seattle needs something similar along the waterfront.

During the Men’s USA vs. Canada Hockey game, we attended the nightly Olympic Awards ceremony where the athletes receive their medals. The awards were held via live broadcast in both Vancouver and Whistler, so all finalists participated in the same event. Luckily, the USA fared well that day. Bode Miller, Apolo Ohno and Shani Davis graciously took their respectful place on the awards stand and posed for photographs as the confetti streamed down. My daughter collected the confetti as souvenirs. She made sure to pick up at least one of each color: bronze, silver and gold. I must remember to practice the words to our national anthem, as a short debate ensued among my family members over the lyrics.