Travel Blog: Shrinking Planet
by Eva Holland | 03.02.10 | 7:48 PM ET
The medals have all been handed out and the flame’s been extinguished. Monday saw Vancouver International Airport have its busiest day on record as 39,000 visitors left the host city for home. As for me, I won’t forget joining in the massive red-and-white street party that consumed downtown Vancouver anytime soon—I think my favorite moment had to be seeing a crowd of turbaned Indo-Canadian kids dancing to a bhangra beat to celebrate our victory in men’s hockey, creating their very own wonder of the shrinking planet.
The Big Picture has a top-notch pair of photo essays for your final Olympic Games fix. See you in London?
by Eva Holland | 02.22.10 | 2:22 PM ET
It’s been nearly two years since I blogged from the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, and—as I thought I might—I now find myself on the Olympic travel trail again, in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games. I’ll be honest: The two host cities couldn’t feel more different.
I stepped off the train from the airport and surfaced in downtown Vancouver this weekend, expecting, perhaps, to feel some uniquely Olympic vibe in the air, familiar to me from my brief time in Beijing. But the scene on Vancouver’s streets has almost nothing in common with the one I encountered two years ago. My memories of Beijing are all broad boulevards, empty except for uniformed Chinese volunteers offering directions to clusters of wandering foreigners, and subdued subway cars full of commuters. Vancouver, in contrast, is a non-stop maple-leaf-painted street party—flag-draped young people careen through the streets, impromptu break dancing circles pop up on corners, and buskers work the crowds. The brightly-dressed foreigners that I remember from Beijing are here, too, but they’re wildly outnumbered by the revelers in red and white.
I suppose there are plenty of economic reasons for the contrast. The 2008 Games probably weren’t as accessible to the average Chinese citizen as these Games are to most Vancouverites, while the expense and difficulty of visiting China could explain why the many young Olympics visitors here were absent in Beijing. (The local high school students I rode the bus home with last night, for instance, weren’t likely to make a transcontinental Olympic trek.) But economics aside, I still feel like there’s a fundamental difference at work: Beijing’s Games, to me, were clearly aimed outward, at the world, while Vancouver’s, so far, feel more like an essentially Canadian party to which everyone else has also been invited.
by Eva Holland | 01.22.10 | 11:18 AM ET
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by World Hum | 01.13.10 | 3:01 PM ET
Homes destroyed on a hillside near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after yesterday’s devastating 7.0 earthquake. USA Today offers a range of ways to donate and help.
by World Hum | 01.12.10 | 11:00 AM ET
Ash, gas and molten rock spew from the Tungurahua volcano south of Quito, Ecuador, yesterday.
by Eva Holland | 01.11.10 | 3:45 PM ET
by World Hum | 01.11.10 | 11:57 AM ET
Skier Nina Li of China soars above the Canadian flag while preparing for the women’s aerials portion of the Freestyle World Cup in Calgary, Canada.
by World Hum | 01.08.10 | 2:45 PM ET
Snow blankets Stonehenge, the ancient monument outside Salisbury, England.
by World Hum | 01.08.10 | 2:40 PM ET
A satellite image shows a snow-covered Great Britain. The walloping has left thousands without power.
by World Hum | 01.07.10 | 5:04 PM ET
The three-quarter moon rises over the dome of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
by World Hum | 01.06.10 | 3:46 PM ET
A rare roll cloud formed by an advancing storm front hangs above the beach in Maldonado, Uruguay.
by World Hum | 01.05.10 | 1:38 PM ET
Paramilitary police recruits wave goodbye to family before leaving a railway station in Changzhi, China.
by Eva Holland | 01.04.10 | 3:47 PM ET
(Via The Daily Dish)
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