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New Apple Store – Vancouver

I went to the Apple Store opening in Vancouver yesterday, and to my surprise (not really), there were 2 bajillion people lined up there — there goes my free T-shirt. It was amazing.

The line went from the front of the store, out the nearest exit onto Granville, around the corner onto Georgia and down the street reaching Howe. Crazy. You could hear and feel the buzz of anticipation of the crowd. It was funny watching regular shoppers come in to the mall and ask what was happening and not understand why anyone would line up for this purpose. Obviously they don’t use Apple products.

The gates finally open and an massive cheering erupts, not from the crowd as you might suspect, but the employees of the store. The first bunch of people get to walk into the store lined with employees clapping and cheering as the are handed their T-shirt. It must have been nice to get that star treatment.

Compared to the Chicago store, which is the only one I’ve been to, it looked quite tiny. But, of course, finished in that Apple elegance. I waited to see how quickly the line would subside since I didn’t want to wait 1 or 2 hours to get in. It didn’t look like it was moving so couldn’t stick around to get in. I guess I’ll try on Monday.

Edit: Pictures added. Click to see larger pictures on flickr.
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Chicago Update #1

Day 1:

We started off the day at 3am to wake up and confirm our cab reservation. We take a shower and off we go to the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) for 4am. Crazy time to be there. Not even Tim Hortons is open at this time and wasn’t going to be open for another hour.

Getting to Chicago via Seattle was no problem. Security and Customs weren’t as bad as some people say it is. Things went very smoothly except for our delay arrival.

Once in Chicago, we went over to the Magnificent Mile for some looking around.

Day 2:

This morning I headed out to the Museum of Science and Industry. I added the option of the U-505 sub tour and took in the Sea Monster Omnimax movie. The ground floor exhibits were very cool. I was finally able to make it to the 2nd floor, which is the “Main floor.” These exhibits weren’t bad, but I found out half way through that the Museum was closing in the next 45 minutes. Needless to say, at that point I rushed through the sections to get as much as I can. I didn’t make it to the 3rd floor.

I had arranged to meet Lina at Watertower Place at 7pm, and since the Museum closed at 4pm, I took my time. I walked along the Michigan and Wabash. Found the Lego store and an Apple Store. Sweet.

To cap of the evening we ate at the Cheesecake Factory. Yes, you read correctly Gils: I ate at the Cheesecake Factory.

Day 3:

So far, as of 5:30pm Chicago time, I visited 2 attractions: Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. Both were very nice and the size of these places puts our exhibits and museums in Vancouver to shame. If the rain stops soon, I’m going to head over to the fountain that you see in the opening sequence for Married with Children.

I was having a hard time finding a Wifi location and I don’t, and don’t think I’ll have enough time to upload all the pics. I think that’ll have to wait until I get back.

Flickr Photos