Today was a good day.
Canada just won its first Gold medal on home soil.
The weather in Vancouver was downright balmy and beautiful.
And I got to spend Valentine's with The Guy.
We met up early this morning for a Valentine's breakfast. It was more than I had even hoped for. To see him on Valentine's?? I'll take it! After our meal, though, we decided to continue to hang out and go check out a bunch of the houses and pavilions that have sprouted up all over town in a mini-expo.
First up was Russia House, which has taken over Science World. Unfortunately, the line-up was atrocious and I'd heard rumblings of a 3 hour wait. No thanks!
So we skipped out on Russia and instead walked over to the other side of False Creek where an abandoned parking lot once stood and now played host to pavilions and line-ups.
The first one we went towards was Quebec House, which had a huge line-up forming. We were greeted by staff members who gave out free Quebec scarves to everyone waiting in line. It turned out though, that the line was just for food! And we could've walked in way earlier instead of standing there! Oh well, at least we got a freebie scarf out of it. Inside there was not much going on. An empty stage waited for performers to take to it later in the afternoon.
Across from Maison du Quebec is the Molson Canadian Hockey House. It costs a cool $99 to get in! And what do you get when you get in? You get to BUY your own beer from waitresses with big boobs while watching the hockey games on a big screen TV. Whoopee. FAIL!
Instead, we hiked over to Ontario House, which had ropes decorating the outside.
After lining up for a good half an hour, we finally got to go in and see their "4D" (as opposed to 3D) mini-film on Ontario. It featured snow and water being thrown into our faces, the smell of the great outdoors, and even people jabbing us as we watched a parade down Toronto's Yonge Street. Very cool concept, and probably the best pavilion there!
Saskatchewan House has an interesting design to it too, with images being projected on at night. Here we went for a bite to eat and tried some bison burgers and Saskatoon berry tarts!
Also, a friend of The Guy's came and met up with us and he seemed nice and friendly. I was of course nervous and excited to meet one of his friends, since I don't know too many of them. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I felt that we got along.
After, we walked through the throngs and throngs of people in downtown and visited other hot spots like Alberta House (which turned out to just be a restaurant) and made our way up Granville Street to see all the public art installations. At times it was just fun to feel the energy and buzz all around! Cow bells were ringing left right and centre (you can buy them at The Bay - apparently they are used to cheer on skiers and snowboarders, etc.)
Best Valentine's Day EVER.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!