Vancouver sans Winter Olympic Games

Downtown Vancouver near Seymour Street

If you’re in town for the games, you might notice Vancouver’s ultra-hip residents and bus system. BC Transit is how many Vancouver residents get around town. The service is super clean and runs like clockwork. If you can’t figure you’re way around, you can contact BC Transits hotline (250) 382-6161, which provides operator assistance until midnight.

Oh, did we mention: most of the downtown dwellers wear dark, grey or otherwise muted colors, sharply offset by their gleaming white earbuds. This city is hooked on their iPods, MP3 cellphones or other music devices that mutes the urban din and preserves personal space. But in the rush to look hip, the earbuds makes everyone look a bit alike. It’s very Orwellian …. So, when’s the next bus run? Oh, just after midnight. Mmm, say about 13 o’clock.


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