Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chinese New Year

This morning I took Anna ice skating down the street. We have an ice rink just a couple blocks from our house. Anna loves ice skating. Here's a picture with the cathedral in the background.

In the afternoon, Pam and I had a "date" downtown, just walking around and popping into shops. We visited a few clothing stores, a bakery for snack, a chocolate shop, a middle-Eastern food shop (I finally found Sriracha sauce!) and lots of other places. We stopped to listen to an amateur band playing on the sidewalk – quirky attire and a lot of spirit... fun!

Our wanderings took us to the water's edge, past the statue of the Last Viking, and into the fish market. It was our first visit there, and I wonder why it took us so long to visit this butikk full of awesomeness. They have a fine selection of cheeses which they were happy to let us sample. We bought some kind of french bleu cheese and a 24 month Holland gouda, with a fig marmalade to go with them. The seafood selection is vast and delicious looking, and you can buy something and they'll cook it for you on the spot so you can eat it right there at the market.

In the evening, Tony had a Chinese New Year's party so we welcomed in the new year, yet again! He had decked out his place with Chinese decorations, cooked us spring rolls, and we discovered our true personalities and horoscope for the coming year with our Chinese zodiac signs.

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