Hello, Boxing Day!
After a brief turn at the tourist office on Peel where the lady who attempted to help us claimed that today was Friday rather than Saturday, my sister and I headed off to Chinatown where we wandered around and found one dim sum place that was open on Rue Clark called Restaurant Ming Do, distinctive because it has a circular entrance way. The prices were reasonable and the food was all right (although the turnip cake was a little burnt). We ordered five dishes but by the time we finished four, we were already stuffed–so we saved the pork buns later for a snack.
We then headed on the metro’s green line to Pie IX where we walked about the Olympic Park and had an awesome time at the Biodome–the birds there are absolutely fearless of humans. Then we visited the Insectarium where we mostly spent time searching for insects in the terrariums and watched gardener ants harvest flower petals to put in their fungus gardens. My sister attempted to take a movie of the ants, but her camera battery decided to die at that moment. Since the ticket to the Insectarium was also good for the Botanical Gardens, we went to the Garden greenhouses since the outdoor gardens are blanketed in snow.
By evening, it had started to rain ice and snow. We managed to make it downtown and find a restaurant listed in the guidebook serving North African cuisine, but it looked a little shady (i.e., nobody was eating at the place despite being open). So we settled for Restaurant Amir which is basically a Middle Eastern fast food place before heading down into the underground city to look at shops. However, it was already pretty late and most shops were already closed.
Tomorrow, I think we’re going to try to cram as many museums as we can in a day since we got a 3-day museum pass. (Can’t spread it out to Monday since they’re all closed that day!)