If you can't be in Vancouver, B.C. for the 2010 Olympic Games, Seattle Times producers and readers are blogging the next best thing: all things, big and small, about the city, the Games, the athletes, and the Olympics experience.
Enrolling in Vancouver Olympics 101 with these guides
Posted by Stephanie Clary
Photo by Erika Schultz
Our Countdown to Vancouver clock is a constant reminder that there are only two weeks remaining to get familiar with the basics of winter sports and the city hosting the Olympics.
Luckily, I work with experts on both.
Here is a roundup of the guides I'm keeping close before and after I cross the border:
- 'The Winter Olympics,' by Ron C. Judd: Columnist and blogger Ron C. Judd provides an insider's look at Olympic events, historical moments and legendary athletes. I'm personally grateful for his spectator's guides on each of the ice and snow sports that make up the Winter Games. You can read those here.
- NW Weekend's nitty-gritty guide to Vancouver: Travel reporter Kristin Jackson outlines how to navigate the Olympics in this incredibly-helpful article. Definitely expect video and photos from the LiveCity celebration sites in this blog.
- Cultural Olympiad highlights: Arts writer Michael Upchurch wrote an arts-lover's guide to Vancouver recently, which included a roundup of Cultural Olympiad events. There are 193 events and exhibitions happening in and around Vancouver through March 21, and Upchurch presents a diverse sampling of the arts and entertainment offerings. Some events are pricey, but this search page allows you to focus on the free ones.
- Nancy Leson's Vancouver dining guides: When deciding where to eat in Seattle, Nancy Leson's All You Can Eat blog is a trusted source, so I was thrilled when I found out she was heading to Vancouver for this assignment. In her blog, she puts a spotlight on the Granville Island Public Market. And in her Vancouver restaurant roundup, there's a Google Map of where to dine in the city. I'm guessing a Japadog is in my future.
- Design*Sponge's Vancouver guide: This isn't from The Seattle Times, but I had to include it. This blog, which focuses on design and do-it-yourself culture, is one of my everyday favorites. And it produces fantastic city guides. The Vancouver guide is organized by neighborhood and includes interesting outdoor spots as well as unique shopping and dining options.
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