Where'd everybody go????...The afterglow/hangover of the Olympics
VANCOUVER - Wasn't THAT a party?
Not sure about you folks in Ontario, but there was some kind of craziness in downtown Vancouver Sunday night after that hockey game. Man, horns blaring, kids leaning out of convertibles (it IS the west coast, you know), flags waving and strangers giving me high-fives. Tons of fun.
But the next day? Poof. I walked along Hastings St. and it was almost, but not quite, like nothing had happened. The barricades were gone that kept non-Olympic cars away from the Main Press Centre. The security to get into the press centre was virtually non-existent, and the giant room where hundreds or thousands of folks toiled every day for two and-a-half weeks was ghostly and empty.
Very strange. The folks at Canadian Press were bundling up computers and pens and paper and power cords, and Team Star was doing the same.
I finished a couple stories, then went for a walk up Burrard to Davie, past some fun neighborhood spots and down to English Bay, where I saw a kid playing with a hockey stick on the beach in the shadow of a palm tree the day after the Winter Olympics were finished. Kinda surreal.
Anyway, it was a blast. Kudos to my Star colleagues, and I hope you all enjoyed it. Back to "normal" blogs on Wednesday, then off to Shanghai soon for some Expo stuff, and Hong Kong, too.