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Sunday, December 21, 2008

How to Handle a Snow Day, Vancouver Style

If you've ever been to Vancouver, you know we're not exactly a winter city. Oh sure, we're hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, but apart from freestyle skiing, all the snow-related events will be held in Whistler, about 90 minutes north of Vancouver. So when we actually receive a bit of snow, we find ourselves at a bit of a loss.

Such was the case on this, the first day of winter. The snow started to fall about 9 on the evening of the 20th, and continued through the night. We awoke this morning to about 6cm of fresh snow, and then watched as it piled higher throughout the day. A few brave souls drove, but downtown, your feet were your best option. The lack of traffic, and the sound-dampening effect of the snow produced and eerie quiet downtown. And while the economy may not have needed another reason for shoppers to stay home, the weather certainly seemed to add a lightness to their spirit.

So where's the food in all of this?  Well, after a day of trudging around in the snow, one works up an appetite.  So on this first real snow day of the year, grab a favorite bottle and some snacks, light a fire in the fireplace (or put on the DVD of the same) and watch the snowflakes fall.

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