The Olympic Torch Relay In Ottawa (2/2)

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After shooting the torch relay, I decided to stay downtown and to have a look at the night festivities on Parliament Hill. By the time I got there, I learned from two ladies (pictured below) that they would only start after sunset… I wasn’t going to sit on the cold waiting, like them, for a few hours. I headed to Chapters and grabbed a hot coffee.

By the time I could feel my toes again, the sun had set. I walked to Parliament Hill and realized that most of Ottawa had apparently showed up — it felt just like Canada Day, only 40C colder.

The lights on the Parliament were beautiful, especially with the thick blanket of snow that fell a few days earlier. Snow, however, it not cool when you try to set up a tripod — trust me.

There was a lot going on: music, autograph signing from the athletes, various “winter Olympics” activities…Canadians, young and old alike, were all wrapped up in warm clothes and everybody had a lot of fun.

 
Taking picture 1) at night 2) in the crowd 3) with frozen fingers isn’t easy, but I’m quite happy with the shots I got.

 

 

Waiting For The Show

Waiting For The Show

Party Is Here!

Party Is Here!

Funky Coke Bottles

Funky Coke Bottles

Gloves and Canadian Flag

Gloves and Canadian Flag

Queuing for... Coffee!

Queuing for... Coffee!

Warming Up Around The Centennial Flame

Warming Up Around The Centennial Flame

Cheering

Cheering

Practicing Hockey

Practicing Hockey

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

Good Vantage Point...?

Good Vantage Point...?

Drumming

Drumming

Graffiti Wall

Graffiti Wall

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12 Comments

  1. @Nigel Babu – It was! I was surprised so many people showed up, given the cold and the fact Christmas is so close (shopping etc.)

    @Tulsa Gentleman – You certainly needed a strong heart to stand the cold! 😆

  2. I miss chapters! It looks like Ottawa always has a lot of parties to attend. I wouldn’t want to wait in -30c or more if I were you :p

  3. good god, don’t they have television in canada?
    you should be hiberating until spring like the polar bears.
    only a canadian would stand on a frozen pile of dirt.
    only in canada would you even find a frozen pile of dirt.

    ok, enough making fun of canada. i am only joking. it looks beautiful there, zhu. i’m glad you had a good time. i love the photos you took.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..Nothing Lasts Forever, Q.E.D. =-.

  4. @shionge – I know 😆

    @Bluefish – Chapters is my favorite place during winter months. A vanilla latte and magazines and I can stay for hours!

    @Beth – Me innocent immigrant like to stand in cold 😆

    @Seraphine – TV? Are you kidding, we need power for that. We don’t have any power during the winter… don’t you know that? 😆

    @London Caller – I don’t know this Parliament but I’ll check!

    Canadians are indeed very British when it comes to politeness. Definitely not queuing like Chinese, thanks God 😆

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