Wow! Vancouver, B.C. is one excited and happy city. They are so energized by the Olympics that the crowds are out and about at all hours, whoopin’ it up and generally displaying their sincere delight at the world class event taking place in their city. Supposedly, this is more people than any one event has ever had but even with all the people, it’s very orderly and people are kind.
Let’s hope that trend continues for the hockey game tonight! USA versus Canada – we’ll be there in the stands, cheering for Team USA.
Yesterday was an incredible day (I’ve uploaded some of the photos to this Flickr set). Metro Vancouver did a great job with organizing the day to ensure we got the most out of every hour. First, we went to a 3 hour learning session on how to best do business in Vancouver. We learned about the tax advantages to doing business in B.C. (such as lower corporate taxes and streamlined tax reporting processes), the social advantages for doing business in Canada (all your employees have medical) and the nice business climate (stable banking system, no outlandish personal injury lawsuits). By the time the morning breakfast and learning time was over, Chris and I were both interested in learning more about opening branch offices in Vancouver. We had some one on one time with tax attorneys to talk about next steps and will be following up on those conversations in the next few weeks.
We also took a tour of Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver) and the Hudson Bay Company. We learned about Six Sigma and how it can be used to implement time and efficiency savings for warehouses. My mind was completely blown by how cool all the equipment at the distribution center of the Hudson Bay Company was. The scale and scope of what they have accomplished is incredible! I left inspired to re-look at how we do all of our warehouse operations at Bramble Berry to look for simple things we can do to improve on efficiency and simplify operations.
Then it was on to the main event – speed skating! We watched long track Men’s 1,500 metres. It was incredible – so thrilling, so energizing and so completely entrancing. The races were lightning fast and it was such a unique experience to be there when the upset, a Netherlands’s skater, took the gold.
We ended the night at the Holland Heineken House.You can imagine how excited the huge crowd was that they had just taken gold.
We rode the Sky Train back to our hotel and were asleep by midnight so we could save all of our energy for the USA-Canada Hockey game tonight! Our train leaves tomorrow at 6:40 a.m. to take us back home so don’t be surprised if you don’t get much of a blog post from me until the evening. Monday is a jam packed (in a good way!) day at work at Bramble Berry. =) Until then, happy soaping!
How wonderful to be able to be at the games, Anne-Marie, and to see our national skating hero here in The Netherlands winning gold! We all are very proud of Sven Kramer!
Thanks everyone! The Olympics were INCREDIBLE and the entire city of Vancouver was out in full (happy) force. What a great town – and a hugely awesome, positive experience. I'll blog about my close encounter with Wayne Gretzky at the Hockey Game later tonight after my 6 p.m. Mastermind Biz meeting gets over (prob around 8:30 – 9:00) =)
Casco Bay Soap Co. says
thanks for sharing the Olympic experience with me! You are the only person I know that is there! Go USA! And we watched the hockey game on TV, wish I had known earlier to look for you in the stands! LOL! 🙂
Lisa @ Serah's says
Wow, you are all over the place Miss Lady! Glad to see that you had so much fun! Great photos and thank you for sharing them with us.
Sounds like you are having a fantastic time and I'm envious of your tickets. Enjoy the game tonight.
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us. I can't imagine how wonderful it must be to be there in person!
So jealous! I watched the men's speed skating from home, and it did look amazing. Those skating just seem to float on the ice.
What a fun filled, information packed trip you are having. Can the hockey game end in a tie? Give them both gold medals! LOL
Michelle in NV
So glad to hear you are enjoying our wonderful city! We are enjoying unseasonably warm sunny weather so make the most of it. I hope you don't encounter any rudeness at tonight's hockey game – I am a huge hockey fan myself and I know that we Vancouver hockey fans can be pretty nasty to the US teams. 🙁 Hopefully the competition will be fierce but the fans respectful… I hope you are thinking of opening a retail store in Vancouver! That would be very cool, and a place I would definitely visit.