I am writing from my grandmother's computer room - a little unorthadox for reporting, I realize. The plan this morning was to be writing from Robson Media Center, but there were a couple of hitches along the way, and, to make a long story short, I ended up spending my afternoon walking through Gas Town in the sun, sipping a chai tea latte, and then heading for some sushi with my grandmother. All in all, not a bad way to enjoy everything Vancouver has to offer.
Sunday was our final Students Live meeting before the start of the Games - a little scary to think! We got our official accreditation passes, which was very exciting, and walked down to Robson Media Center for a tour of the facilities. Various news stations have set up makeshift offices along the long corridors, which have thick black cords running along the floor. We passed Global and Kiro 7 and an Australian network. It's very exciting to get the chance to work in the same environment of the professionals I watch on TV.
Also interesting to note, the Center is aiming to reduce paper as much as possible. While regularly they would feature paper memos of all the latest updates, for these games, they've opted for a large touch screen monitor to keep the journalists in touch with the outside world. Just a small example of how we're progressing.
The next few days are going to be quite busy, full of olympic-related events. I'm heading over to the office in a couple of hours to film a small segment that will be broadcast on the 11th. Tomorrow, I'll be in North Vancouver to watch the torch relay pass through. Then, on Thursday, it's Sharing The Dream's special three-hour-long webcast, broadcast live from the Vancouver Public Library and featuring our Governor General, Michaelle Jean. Be sure to watch it online at www.sharingthedream.gov.bc.ca/resources/webcasts. Friday kicks off The Olympic Games, and then it's off to biathalon, curling, women's hockey, snowboard x, a victory ceremony, and some other interesting interviews and cultural events.
Needless to say, there will be regular posts coming up. I'll keep you updated! :)