The List: Item 175. Ice Skating

Ticked off The List: November 16, 2014

Ice skating and ice hockey is as much of a Canadian cliché as maple syrup and poutine.  It’s not a negative cliché for me personally as I love all of the above and like many Canadian children I grew up taking ice skating lessons.  I used to be moderately proficient, but I’ve forgotten all my cross-over turns and how to stop other than using friction.  Anh and I have been meaning to go ice skating for a few weeks now as we live very close to an ice rink (there’s only a handful around Sydney) but we’ve usually gotten caught up with other activities on the weekend.

Anyways, we were having one of Anh’s friends over for brunch this Sunday and somehow we got on the topic of hockey and ice skating.  James mentioned he’d be game to go skating with us if we went in the next couple weeks while his family was still vacationing in Korea.  As it turns out, there was a public skating session starting in 15 minutes and so we decided quite quickly to go skating RIGHT THEN.

Anh was pretty nervous as he’d only had a few experiences skating but he did so well! I was a little nervous myself, wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey while ice skating makes a pretty bold statement but we all managed not to fall over and after a few laps around the rink I found myself getting back into the stride of skating.  It was a lot of fun all around and Anh’s quite enamoured and he wants his own skates now.  I don’t blame him, the rental ones (included in the cost of the sessions, $20 per adult) were kind of awful.  I think I’ve convinced him to wait until we take our trip back to Vancouver to buy some quality Canadian skates 😉

*The photos aren’t the best and I was trying to take action shots on my iPhone but they do show we had a lot of fun*

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I just love this photo because it was the exact moment the girl behind us was going to bail.

I just love this photo because it was the exact moment the girl behind us was going to bail.

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No tightening up of the laces! But these skates have seen better days

No tightening up of the laces! But these skates have seen better days

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