Day 2: A Canadian Test Run

Day 2
: Saturday, 13 April 2019 – Vancouver, Canada (49.2827° N, 123.1207° W)

The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.” – Britney Spears

Good morning and welcome to Vancouver. We have a few mild hangovers from all the cheer at last nights gala Bon Voyage Party at nearby The Coast Restaurant where towers of seafood awaited us. A fun time was had by all…and all the Teams are chomping at the bit, excited to begin their adventure! Us too…

Our YVR home away from homeFairmont Hotel Vancouver

That said, we will be conducting a test run, a trial and error one-day event here in Vancouver (Canada’s 3rd largest city after Toronto & Montreal)–and perennially ranked among of the world’s most livable cities (along with: Vienna, Melbourne, Osaka, Auckland, Munich and Zurich). It is an area we used to call home. This relative calm before the international storm that awaits the Teams aboard will acclimate all participants into the inner workings, rules and scoring of the world travel championship competition. Like any game, there are rules that need to be followed. And like any game, sometimes playing it once with nothing on the line helps them better compete later on down the line. We want a level playing field, and with all the new rules in 2019,  we knew this tester would help all the teams gain confidence to hit the ground running in our first international stop. They would know what to expect–if that’s possible?!

Our Teams minus one…

Quick Observation…lingering since my elementary school days in Riverside, Ontario: Although I do indeed find it refreshing, I must confess that I am still utterly confused with Canada’s muted patriotism in the face of America’s unabashed “We’re #1” boosterism, as to just what Canada’s national anthem? Is it, “O Canada,” The Hockey Night in Canada theme? “God Save the Queen,” or “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams? Nuff said…

Okay, Vancouver is graded an Easy Par 1 urban safari--on the 2019 event scale of 1 to 6. It serves as the first of nine such legs in the coming three weeks. So, we Road Officials have calibrated all the Team’s cameras, offered some general event tips (ie: read their scavenge hunt booklets completely before heading out willy-nilly!), acknowledged any specific leg rule changes (ie: they may use their smartphones in Vancouver; but were warned not to get too attached to them!), and then sent on their way to have a great day. We will see them all again tonight at our 8:00pm hotel lobby check-in deadline.

5 Sample VYR Scavenges:
-Attend a Vancouver Canucks NHL Playoff game…kidding!
-Take a marine sea safari…
-Assemble a picnic @ Granville Island Market…
Team Challenge: The team that gets closest to an anchored cargo ship gets all the points…
-Walk to the center of Lion’s Gate Bridge…

FYI…Although we have no idea where they get the time (or energy); some of our 2019 teams are blogging, and open to social media interactions:
Lawyers without Borders (blog) –
Order & Chaos (blog) –
Transformed Goddesses (blog) FB & Instagram links –
MargoPolos (blog) Twitter fed –
The FILLIES (blog) FB + FB & Instagram links –
NEXUS (blog) –

Pre-Event Global Literacy Test: Question 1
Yesterday we asked our teams to answer a few question (16) about the state of the world…it is the Hans Rosling Chimpanzee Test…in that a non-thinking chimp would answer the questions correct 33% of the time; whereas thinking humans with their biases and alleged facts, get it wrong more often. An interesting suggestion as it pertains to our global literacy and how we see the world.

1. In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school?
A – 20 percent
B – 40 percent
C – 60 percent
What do you think ? No cheating…answer at bottom of page.

Great seeing Coast friends the Hindmarch’s…good times.

Team Order & Chaos almost touching an anchored tanker.

Their Vancouver map…

Truer words we know not of…

By the way, we also occasionally help out our travelers with some trusty language tips to help them get through the day; here’s our
Canadian Language Tips:
loonie = One Dollar coin
toonie = Two Dollar coin
Doctor = A medical professional everyone in Canada has!
Eh = What did you say?
Eh? = What do you think?
EH? = something to say just to end a sentence
Eh!! = WOW!!
EH!? = What do you mean?
Eh?? = You’re joking!!!??
Hoser = a good friend
Keener = suck-up, brown-noser
Take off! = you’re kidding, no way
Skates = the first shoes of every Canadian
Sorry = Something Canadians say a lot—and mean it!
a serviette = a napkin
Smarties = M&Ms
winter = 7-month polar vortex
Newfoundland = pronounced noofunlan
Toronto = pronounced trawna
Two-Four = a case of beer
Pop = a soda
Hydro = electricity
The States = The Unites States of America (FYI: Because we all live in America!)
Double-Double = a Tim Horton’s coffee with 2 milk & 2 sugars
Bob’s Your Uncle = Everything will work out great.
tuque = a winter hat
Molson Muscle = a beer belly
Chinook = nasty wind
Z = zed not zee
Washroom = the loo, a toilet, bathroom

a Canuck = a Canadian
processed orange plastic cheese = American cheese
Police = Mounties, OPP’s

We welcome your comments, sorry.

Answer to question 1 is C  60%…NONE of our travelers got that correct! 90% chose A only 20%. (And that is why as a Foundation we are so happy building co-ed elementary schools that emphasize girls equal education…)

More later…