We've had another fantastic week in Van and fortunately the weather this week wasn't too bad (although I hear Perth's was), giving us a few opportunities to get out and get involved in the city a bit more. Monday we spent the whole day following a couple of productions around town, it was amazing the amount of people and work go into even just a simple shot for a show. In the morning we watched the crew of "Arrow" turn the steps of the art gallery into a faux courthouse. Then the actors came in and did their thing about six times (three times from two different angles) of just walking up the steps being hounded by the "press". It would have amounted to about a 15-20 second shot with no lines in the TV show, which took the actors about an hour and the crew almost all day to set everything up and take it down again.
We then went and watched another show we both like called Fringe being filmed on the seawall. We didn't have the best view for most of it but when they were just rehearsing we were allowed to come in pretty close to watch which was awesome. I had the opportunity to talk to a great Australian actor John Noble when he snuck off for a cigarette but wimped out. We both signed up to be extras at some point on a couple of shows but we're not getting our hopes up. It's our mission this week to see Supernatural being filmed.
That night we tried ice skating with a tour group. I went in with the assumption "Well, I'm going with Matt who's not the most co-ordinated person so he should be at least as bad as me." This proved to be a bad call as Matt's had a bit more practice then I and did pretty well in the rink and got some decent speed, meanwhile I walked along the outside rail (I wasn't the worst person there though thankfully and I didn't stack it so I'm calling it a win).
Saturday we went to Van Dusen gardens as part of a very small tour group with the hostel. It was pretty gardeny, lots of gardens, complete with leaves and stuff... pretty boring really. That night we went to the ice hockey and that was amazing. The national league is one strike at the moment which sucks so we saw the junior league (the players were a bit younger). The Vancouver Giants went in on a streak of six losses and they got off to a bad start but managed to keep the scores equal. Then in the final period they got ahead with about 10 minutes to go but the Americans didn't take long to respond, and then in the final 6 seconds of the game the Americans took their killshot and beat them 4-3 which the crowd was audibly disappointed about. It was such a fun game to watch live and so brutal, if a player had the puck against the wall it wasn't long before someone would bash into them at full speed. One guy was right in front of us when he was unlucky enough to have two people bang into him and send his head into the glass, he was a bit dazed after that. There were a couple of fights that almost broke out but the ref's jump on them pretty quickly (literally one time) and break it up sending them to the penalty boxes. We'll definitely be going to a few more. On a side note the prices for food and drinks in the stadium were the same as normal, not marked up a crazy amount like we were expecting.
Today we both had interviews at a poutine place (its a food from Quebec) opening up down the street which went really well. I also might have a job in housekeeping at the hostel in a couple of weeks and Matt has an interview for a restaurant tomorrow so things are going well at the moment. One of us will write again when some more eventful things happen, Corry.