On the 20th, Wilson, Sam, Jeff, & I went to the Richmond Ozone. We got there super early before Ozone even opened so we killed some time at Richmond Centre & Starbucks. I had introduced him to the green tea frappucino the day before. By the time we went back to Ozone, the line was massive. When we got in, there wasn't a whole lot to do but it was a beautiful day and I would have just liked to lie in the field in sun. We did line up for the BCLC dome though while Sam & Jeff went ice skating because that's where you get those fake athlete card things. Very amusing.

HERE'S THE EXCITING PART. As we were leaving, Wilson spotted two bunnies chasing each other across the creek thing we were walking along. Needless to say, I squealed my head off and we spent a good half an hour going to the other side of the creek where there were SO MANY BUNNIES EVERYWHERE. I was taken by one particular one, a black bunny with one white paw. I named him Button! I spent most of my time with Button and I even fed him with bread that this nice lady gave us while walking by! He was the cutest thing ever! When he heard our camera shutters clicking, he would bolt right up to the camera and sniff around it. ADORABLE! That place is amazing. I've never ever seen wild bunnies in real life before! That was the highlight of my week! Get ready for cuteness.

This is Button! I wanted to take him home with me!!

Later that night, I went to Amanda's 19th. I got to meet Rachel who apparently looks like me (I don't see it). We bitched about speed skating on TV, attempted to play a board game called Dirty Minds, and played hide and seek in the dark around the block. The first time Desiree & I hid in the little space in Amanda's fence, we were found within pretty much 30 seconds. Our second spot was ridiculously awesome and no one would ever find us unless they turned the neighbourhood upside down. Aww yeah.


On the 19th, Wilson, Sam, Jeff, and I went to Livecity Yaletown but quickly learned that the line up would be over 40 minutes to get in because there was a concert going on so we went to Livecity Downtown instead. After a pretty long wait, we got in but there was pretty much nothing to do inside. We started lining up to take pictures with Quatchi & Miga but midway into the line up, they left because they were off work or something. I was so disappointed! So we got out of there and the only other thing worth looking at in there was Manitoba house but even that wasn't very interesting.

So then we went to Waterfront to see the cauldron again because they changed the fence so that there was a slot for pictures. About a day after this, we learned that they had changed the fencing yet again to plexiglass. Which I suppose would be better for touristy shots and for aethestics but not great for photos of the flame itself (reflections!). So it was a good thing we went to see it again before they changed it.

There are cherry blossoms in Vancouver already! It's only February! It's kind of ridiculous. Not that I'm complaining, of course!

On the right is my brother's Mukmuk collection. I've got a bit of a Quatchi indulgence myself. So cute!

We were made for this

For Valentine's Day, I baked Wilby an apple pie. And if you know me, you'd know that I can't cook for shit. This was clearly evident when I broke the oven door off of the oven the first time I tried to close it. I think that's lol-worthy. In the picture it looks pretty disgusting but I think it was pretty damn decent for a first time ever! He got me Quatchi & flowers! And if you knew him, you'd know that he would never step into a florist shop himself, let alone pick out flowers! I love you!

Afterwards, we went to Waterfront and Burrard to explore the Olympicness. When we first stepped outside Waterfront, we saw this torchbearer with his torch taking pictures with people so of course we went for a picture with the torch too. We were skeptical though because his torch didn't really look burned and he didn't have a number on his uniform. Then we went to see the flame outside the Convention Centre, Pan Pacific for a quick round, and down Gastown for the touristy shops. So much excitement downtown! It was a drag getting on skytrains because they're all packed but I think it's worth it. Come on, it's the freaking Olympics! It's all just part of the experience.

We are the true north strong and free

Friday marked the start of my 2-week Olympic Break and since then, I've been getting a huge Olympics spirit kick. On Thursday, Megan, Sohrab, and I left Biology early to catch the torch run going through our school. This was my first taste of the whole Vancouver 2010 hype and I loved it. The relay took place at the lower bus loop and the entire school on that side was lined with students & non-students who came up here to see the torch. People were spilling into the roads as buses and cars and cops tried to drive up through the crowds. When the torchbearers finally came following a parade of Coca Cola trucks and security, we managed to be standing at a prime spot along the bus loop to see the exchange of the flame! The torchbearer receiving the flame was a 3rd year SFU student, Obi Vattanawong. As Obi ran by, I also got pushed by a cop for standing too close haha!

That same night, I went with Megan & Jonathan, and later Desiree, Marie, & Irish to see Michael Buble carry the torch. We thought it was on the Burrard Street Bridge but after getting semi-lost for a while, we finally realized that it was in Yaletown, right up the street from Livecity. We nabbed an early spot along the road and I went down to Livecity to check out the festivities. Sooo much excitement! There were sponsor booths all down the block, people giving out free stuff, long line ups, and so many people sporting Canadian pride! When Michael Buble came through with the torch, it was really just a blur of people because he had so much security running alongside him and everyone around him was yelling and trying to get closer. We ran down to Livecity after him where he passed the flame to the last torchbearer of the day before the cauldron. After that, Buble was ushered through the masses of people by security and I was literally like a foot away from him. Haha! Then we all watched the cauldron being lit inside Livecity on the large screen outside the venue, followed by fireworks. It was seriously an amazing feeling to be watching all of that happen right before my eyes. I wasn't really super excited about the Olympics until this day.

On Friday, the 12th, I went down to Granville Island to meet up with Wilson after his class to catch the torch relay through his school. After they came through Emily Carr, we followed the torch to the Granville Island ferry docks where the torch traveled by dragon boat across False Creek to the Yaletown ferry docks. After the torch was out of sight, Wilson & I went to watch Paradise Insitute at Emily Carr's Code 2 Exhibit which was hella weird, creepy, avant garde type of thing that freaked me out. Then we went through the market to look at things. I love the market! It's so fresh & homely feeling.

Later that day, we watched the Olympics opening ceremony at his house. It was pretty amazing even despite the fail of a torch lighting at the end haha. But what can yah do. I really can't believe this is all actually happening in our city.


Hi, I'm Gail. I'm a 20 year old student in Vancouver, BC. I dance and I take photographs. I have a wishbone where my backbone ought to be.

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