whistler: day two

I woke up to a cacophony of sound echoing up from the living room. Look who arrived in the morning!

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Even Vivian had returned from her CSA party.

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After Vivian came home from her party and finished saying her hellos, she changed into her pyjamas and took a nap. An hour later, she woke up and joined Anatolia, Christy, and Kimberly’s Just Dance 4 Session.

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I forgot my toothbrush, so I had to make do with the head of an electric one Julia found packaged in her bathroom.

Snapchats and excited shouts from friends informed me of fresh snow having fallen last night in Whistler and Vancouver. A little after 12:30, we headed out.
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Nice boots, Anatolia.

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Waiting for the bus.

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Julia checking the bus schedule.

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A nice woman agreed to take our photo. People kept asking us throughout the day where we were from, and we kept sheepishly responding with “Vancouver…” But, like, what did they expect a bunch of Asian girls to do away from home? Not take pictures?

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Hopped on the bus and headed out to the village. We decided on Mongolie Grill for lunch, where the weight of your meal determines the cost.

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Christy with her bowl of uncooked food.

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Alison had the most hilarious fortune cookie out of everyone. Could anything possibly less unlikely? Maybe Amanda’s fortune, which read “eat your fruits and vegetables to strengthen your health.”

Finishing lunch, I spotted a Shoppers. Finally! A chance to buy a toothbrush.

It’s always comforting to see a Shoppers in a relatively unfamiliar place. I wonder if I’ll still feel that way once I no longer have my staff discount.

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After Shoppers, we wandered around the Village, popping into touristy stores and collecting groceries.

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The glass prevented me from a good photobomb. Hmph.

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We stopped to watch skiers and snowboarders glide down a bunny hill.

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Vivian grew emotional watching the skiers and snowboarders have fun. She wanted to go skiing too. (It isn’t in our plans.)

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To distract herself, she focused on her nature photography.

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Ali is looking for a hat this trip. She didn’t find anything in the hat store…

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… But Kimmy and Vivian had fun while she looked.

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At Cow’s!

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Don Cherry ice cream: cherry ice cream, chocolate flakes, and cherries. What about sprinkles of mispronounced names? Among other things.

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Kimberly picked Wowey Cowy: English toffee, vanilla ice cream, chocolate pieces, and moo chunks. I’m taste-testing sea salted caramel, which was delicious!

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Olympic Rings!

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Christy and Vivian playing on a playground.

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Warming their hands by the roast chicken stand in IGA. Not weird.Image

Vivian departed for a CSA event again, and the rest of us carried our groceries home. I hopped on the wrong bus and Anatolia and Elvina followed, but luckily the transfer was easy and we made it home with everyone else. IN MY DEFENSE, I asked the bus driver, as I borded, “does this bus go to Alta Lake?” AND HE NODDED!!

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Home again! 

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Back at our Alta Lake house, we started on dessert and dinner: chocolate raspberry tart and spaghetti! We started prepping the tart first, which I found on British blogger The Londoner’s site. All of the measurements were by weight, which I attempted, lazily, to convert into measurements that could be made with the tools we had.

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Couldn’t find the electric beater, so Christy and Kimberly did their best with a whisk.

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I finished off the pastry part.

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Julia working on the creamy, chocolaty interior.

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Meanwhile, Ali and Christy chopped veggies.

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Christy, Ali, Julia and Anatolia working on (and eating) dinner.

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Hockey game was on! We ended up beating the Hawks in the shootout. Kassian and Daniel scored, Lack was in net. Kesler scored in the SO to give us the win. Elvina was the one who spent most of the time watching–and playing League of Legends, of course..

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The tart’s done! We messed up a bit… I forgot that we had to blind-bake the pastry part first, and it probably could have been baked for longer. 

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The spaghetti was delicious. Seeing as we just plucked a carrot, onion, zucchini, red bell pepper, and two cans of tomato sauce from IGA and never bothered with a set recipe, it turned out surprisingly fantastic.

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And despite the mishaps with the tart, it was also good. Maybe the ridiculous amount of heavy cream and melted chocolate had something to do with it.

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Someone liked it so much she used the spatula to scoop up the scraps.

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We finished off the night with a game of taboo and Alison almost crying over how happy she was for passing her accounting class. Too fun!

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