The adventure begins! An easy, breezy flight direct from Maui to Vancouver (go figure!) took only 4:45—only about 10-15 minutes longer than my fastest-ever flight to San Francisco. Crazy how the “great circle” route makes things so close together that really aren’t! Anyway, short flight and for some reason didn’t sleep much. Arrived at 5am and made it through immigration, baggage, customs, found my ride and was at the hotel by 6am. Unfortunately the hotel wasn’t ready for me until this afternoon, so sleep—maybe next time.
Went to the International Broadcast Center (IBC) but it was so early (6:15am) that nobody was there either. So the driver took me to Tim Horton’s (Canada’s equivalent to Dunkin’ Donuts) and we had coffee until 6:45. Then made it in to the IBC. Found NBC and my desk—though nobody was there for another hour or so. Then the team arrived. Great to see everyone! Got briefed and “up to speed,” so the work-morning-sans-sleep was worth it. The IBC is gorgeous—beautiful new extension to the Canada Place convention center. Wow! And outside—amazing views of the city, mountains, Stanley Park, and seaplanes taking off!
Grabbed breakfast at noon, then the hotel was nice enough to let me crash in another room for two hours. So I’m up to 5 hours of sleep now :-)
The hotel is nice and my room’s on the same floor as the fitness center—now that is a sign from God above :-) Internet seems to be working, everything is unpacked and I’m moved in for the next six weeks.
The town is starting to look like there may be an Olympics! Signage and security popping up everywhere. Weather is pretty decent—better than it probably should be considering they’ll want some more snow before February 12th!
19 days and counting! Very excited to dive in tomorrow!