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playing tourist

I had plans yesterday but I did nothing. Sat on the couch and watched Olympics all day \o/ Maelle Ricker - ladies' snowboard cross winner - is the cutest thing ever. I don't think she's stopped smiling! *squishes her* I also can not watch Olympic hockey. I give myself heart attacks! Watched almost the entirety of the men's figure skating short program last night. Oh Patrick Chan. I don't think you'll medal -- Plushenko is practically guaranteed gold and the Japanese skaters are on fire -- but go you! And go Vaughn C (our other male skater) who just squeezed into the top 24. At least he'll get a chance to skate his long program at the Olympics.

Being here with no tickets is a tad depressing. Tickets were available for the men's short program but only the top priced ones and I didn't feel like dropping $478. Lots of fan-to-fan scalpers but the prices are ridiculous. Tickets for the medal ceremony of Bilodeau -- original price $20, scalpers were asking for $200+. No thank you.

So, I'm playing tourist instead. Today was Stanley Park and back downtown.

Stanley Park. Vancouver Aquarium.









The dolphin is probably my favourite animal. And beluga whales are adorable. They really do look like they're smiling :)

















The totem poles in Stanley Park and some scenery shots.









The Olympic rings at Coal Harbour.



The atheletes' village from afar.









Let's end this post with some Canadian-Swede loving =)



Oh yeah, Stephen Colbert is somewhere in town filming but I was too lazy to find out where.

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shing_
Feb. 19th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Did you watch the Suisse-Canada game? I was on the bus coming back from Whistler but the bus driver was keeping us updated LOL I can't believe they went into OT. Thank goodness we won.
phetch
Feb. 18th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Aussie aussie aussie oy oy oy! Why does that athlete's village photo not surprise me?!

Looks beautiful..
shing_
Feb. 19th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
How did I never notice that Australian flag before? Supposedly there was a little bruhaha over that flag as the IOC wanted it to be taken down. Obviously, they didn't get their way :)
vafore
Feb. 18th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
88 Olympics
Hi Sweetie!
Do you remember me and you staying up late at your 14th birthday slumber party watching the battle of the Brians? I still yell at the tv whenever I see Boitano. You're so lucky to be able to be in Vancouver. Cheer on them Canucks for me!
Jenny
shing_
Feb. 19th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: 88 Olympics
OMG did we? My memory sucks but that's awesome! Stupid Boitano. Well, Orser will get his gold if the Korean girl wins as predicted.
jerseybelle77
Feb. 18th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Pretty!!

Wow, those tickets are crazy expensive!!! Scalpers suck.

Just FYI, James McAvoy is in Vancouver too, so if you see him, please send him my way.
shing_
Feb. 19th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Scalper do suck. Hard.

McAvoy is in town? Forget sightseeing, I need to stalk that man!

No sightings of J2 either :(
kissedbythegods
Feb. 18th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm really sad to have moved back from BC right now, because I love the Olympics and basically spend my days glued to the tv. It makes me feel better that you're talking about how expensive the tickets are, though - I probably couldn't have justified seeing anything (and making rent) if I lived there anyhow! So thanks :)
shing_
Feb. 19th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :) Downtown is crazy, esp Robson St.
dendritejungle
Feb. 20th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
*happy sigh*
shing_
Feb. 21st, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
=)
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