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Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 24th 2018

I want to start out by thanking everyone for your wonderful comments. I'm so busy right now that I barely have time to do this blog, so I can't respond to your comments. I'm glad you are enjoying this blog and an insider view of how the Olympics operate and what volunteers do. I'm sure you have seen all the volunteers at the venues and competitions in their red and gray uniforms. I have no idea how many volunteers there are, but it's alot. My position is an NOC Assistant. I was offered the position as an NOC Assistant in October 2017. They described the duties as: "The role of an NOC/NPC Assistant you have chosen is an elite volunteer position who offers assistance in a variety of tasks during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. You'll ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 14th 2018

The Norovirus results are in, the quarantine is over, and we can all go back to work. I had Monday & Tuesday off from work so I went to the Olympic Park to do some fun stuff. Monday, Feb. 12 I got a ticket to the Figure Skating Team event (10:00 am) so I went with my Philippines roommate, Razzel. She actually only lived with us 6 days, she has relocated her job to be a timer at the Ski Jump, and moved to Wonju University dormitory. The move to another University doesn't make sense because she will have a longer bus ride from there to the Ski Jump. But my roommates & I are happy because the 3 of us are really compatible and we weren't so compatible with her. The Figure Skating team event ... read more
My ticket
Figure Skating Team Event
Zamboni driver

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 12th 2018

Saturday, February 10 Sabria & I decided to go to Gangneung Olympic Park (GOP) today. We took the TC5 bus from CKU campus, did the security check, and we were on our way to explore. The Olympic Park has lots of interesting things to check out, and if you don't mind standing in line like at Disneyland, then you can do some fun stuff & get cool stuff. Unfortunately we were there on Saturday & many families were there and the lines were long. We did a few things like the Coca Cola photo, then you # it on social media & get a pin. They have a McDonalds here (also with a long line), Korea & Japan hospitality houses, Samsung, North Face, & the Super Store where you can spend a Super amount of money! ... read more
Korea Hospitality House
Coca Cola Building
The mascot

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 10th 2018

Don't jump to conclusions - I didn't go to the Opening Ceremony. We went to a viewing party at the Holland Heineken Hospitality House. I'm not feeling totally well yet but I wasn't going to miss this one. The HHH is one of many hospitality houses from different countries. Some are open to the public, some not. Here's an article about the Hospitality Houses. I apologize for where the photos end up - I have no control over that. Ken Hanscom Your guide to everything PyeongChang 2018. Olympics planning, tickets, sponsorship, & experiences. In South Korea Feb. 7–25. Contact: kenh@ticketmanager.com Jan 15 Olympic Hospitality House List for PyeongChang Winter Games — Ultimate Guide to PyeongChang 2018 Visiting the Olympic hospitality houses are one of the favorite activities for fans and event plan... read more
Austria House
Canada House
Czech House

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 8th 2018

I'm still sick. On Tuesday I called the USOC boss and she told me to come in to see the USA doctor. Unfortunately that entails a 40 minute bus ride on a "too warm" bus. Going from a warm dormitory to cold air to a warm bus triggers my coughing every time. The USA personnel examined me and felt it was better to see the other doctor at the other village (GVL - back closer to where I live). Apparently the doctor at PVL is an ortho doctor and wouldn't be there till the afternoon, and the doctor at GVL is internal medicine, so off I go for a 30 minute bus ride to GVL, and another coughing fit. The doctor at GVL did a thorough exam and wanted some tests done. He did a throat ... read more
Welcome Ceremony 2
Welcome Ceremony 3
Welcome Ceremony 4

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 4th 2018

The map is to show you the travel route via bus that I take every day to get from the dorm to work at PVL. Unfortunately dormitory living is conducive to the spread of viruses and bacteria. Right from the beginning (for me Jan. 22nd) people started getting sick. I avoided them, wore a mask, washed my hands, used hand sanitizer, got alot of sleep, drank lots of fluids - but the big bad virus got me anyway. On Friday I felt sick so I asked Kang, the Korean volunteer on Team USA, for help with the clinic. He made phone calls to see if I could avoid going to the clinic at GVL (I would need to take a bus). They told him I could go to the clinic at the hockey rink nearby our ... read more
Ramen!
The Polyclinic.
Mural inside Polyclinic.

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung February 1st 2018

I want to explain how we get to live at a university dormitory for such a long time. The Koreans have January and February off, so there are thousands of volunteers occupying 3 universities. Living in a dormitory has it's challenges though: dormitory etiquette, food, and transportation. My roommate Sabria & I changed rooms because we were with 2 Russian women that liked to stay up late. Now we are with Stephanie from China & things are much better. Unfortunately there's no lobby or area to hang out & talk, so people end up talking in the halls. And then there's the food. We used to get our food here with a paper meal ticket. Well, they changed that. Now we have to sign up on a website by 18:00 for the next day. This caught ... read more
My Team USA pin.
The Guest Houses.
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Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung January 29th 2018

Jan. 26: We had a day off after our training was finished so 4 of us decided to walk around town nearby the Catholic Kwondong University (CKU): Sabria (France), Stephanie (China), Tatjiana (Netherlands) & me. We walked to the river, had coffee, and went to lunch at Mom's Touch for burgers. (Tristan, a homework assignment for you: the Korean money is the won. 1 US dollar is 1000 won. I went shopping for some things for my room and spent 24,900 won. How much did I spend in US dollars?) The NOC assistants for Team USA are split: half for GVL and half for PVL. But, only 5 out of 7 showed up for PVL the first day. We aren't sure why. (Please see former blog entries for acronyms.) Jan. 27: Today we (the NOC assistants ... read more
Tatjiana exercising by the river.
Walkway across river.
Mom's Touch for lunch.

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Gangneung January 25th 2018

You know it's cold outside when even the Russian volunteers from Moscow are complaining about the cold. How cold? Here in Gangneung where we are living it has been -14C (Tristan, your homework assignment it to figure out how to convert from degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit. Also, at what temperature are the Celsius and Fahrenheit the same?) (I'm giving my grandson homework assignments while writing this blog.) In PyeongChang, in the mountains it was -20C. There is a high pressure system over western China that is supposed to ease soon. Wednesday, Jan. 24 We continued our training with an all day session. Many of us will be driving (me included) and we had to get our US driver's license, International Driver's license, and passport copied and sign forms for driver responsibility. The insurance is covered by ... read more
Athletes recreation room.
Athletes recreation area.
Dining Hall at Gangneung Village.




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