Posts Tagged 'Vancouver'

Yet another “Thing of the Week” post by Jered

I know. I have ADD. Here is yet another post about another “something of the week.” Get used to it. It’s here to stay. I’m going to try with all my will and might (well, maybe 60 percent) to remember all of the “something of the week” posts and update them with semi-weekly regularity.

My new “thing of the week” if you will, is to start posting places in the world that I have always wanted to go to or I come across in my daily meanderings.

For this week, I have always wanted to go to Greece. I love places with history; a deep, rich history that spans centuries. I live in Vancouver. Let’s face it. Vancouver doesn’t have a history. I love Vancouver, but no offense, the history of Vancouver could lull a 7-year-old kid that drank 4 Red Bulls and took 3 caffine pills to sleep. It was founded by gold rushers in the 1860’s, which than developed into a lumber town and in turn became a port and….blah blah blah. I am boring myself already telling you that so I am going to stop.

However, Greece is the birth place of the Olympics, democracy, political science, drama and comedy and Western philosophy. Alexander the Great came from Greece. Homer’s epics were set in Greece. The events in the movie 300 (which is a completely accurate retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae) happened in Greece. Greek food came from Greece and boy, do I love Greek food.

Any ways, enough about that. The place I want to go to is a small shipping town called Ermoupoli. One day, I’ll go there. Here’s a brief history of this little city. It was founded in the 1820’s after the Greek Revolution and was the hub of Greece’s shipping industry until it’s decline in the 19th century. Now it is primarily a service and industry city with a population of 13,000.

 

Ermoupoli: I’ll see you one day.

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The Human Race

Nike is sponsering a huge event called “the Human Race” which is essentially a 10k run organized by Nike in 25 of the world’s biggest cities, with Vancouver being one of them. It’s supposed to tie in with their Nike+ product (which I have yet to get. I will one day. I will) as well as to unite runners world wide in the largest organized run in history.

Over a million runners around the world are expected to participate, making it one of the biggest 10k runs in history. Another cool aspect of the 10k is that if you have the Nike+ and you keep track of your kilos and upload them onto the website, they will tally the K’s run from everyone around the world and donate accordingly to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the UN Refugee Agency and the World Wide Fund.

It’s only 60 bucks, small price to pay to run 10k and be a part of the Human Race. I plan on doing it and without a Nike+. C’mon, run for a cause, run to set a world record and run for fun!

To register go here.

To reach a summary of the race go here.


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