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Finding a route in the city with public transportation
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* From: John R Levine
There's a Tbooth wireless store at 1024 Robson St, roughly halfway between the Hyatt and the Sheraton. They have products from a variety of carriers, see http://www.tboothwireless.ca/
There's also a Rogers dealer at 595 Burrard St, about 1/2 block north of the Hyatt. Rogers is the dominant GSM carrier in Canada.
* From: Larry Kreeger
Last time in Vancouver, I picked up a Fido SIM card at Pepper Wireless in the Royal Centre which is right next door to the Hyatt. You can get there without getting wet (assuming it will be raining in November). I think I had to buy the SIM for $10 and then add another $10 in credits to buy data access. I have no idea if this is a good deal or not.
Data on Fido is $1 for 10MB (24 hour expiration) or $5 for 60MB (7 day expiration). This was enough for me (it helps if you cache your google maps in offline mode first). It was the best deal I saw at the time, but times change!
Marketplace IGA - 909 Burrard Street, Vancouver (about two blocks from the IETF 88 Meeting Venue)
Urban Fare - 305 Bute Street, Vancouver
Granville Island Public Market - for fresh local and organic food, as well as homemade products. Also hosts a Farmer's Market on Thursdays.
The IETF 88 Meeting venue is in downtown Vancouver, close to a huge number of restaurants and shops. Some useful links for restaurant searches:
Food Trucks abound in downtown Vancouver (there is a smartphone app you can download from the app store so you can find the food trucks and when they are open).