The Olympics through the eyes of an 8-year-old


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Hi! My name is Hannah Mitchell and I am 8 years old. My dad works for The Times, and he asked me to write a blog sometimes on the fun I am having in Vancouver for my first Olympics. If this is boring to you, blame him. And I want to say hi to all my classmates at Sonrise Christian in Mrs. Doolittle’s class. Yes, Mrs. Doolittle, I am doing my homework. And hi to Mrs. K, Mrs. Free and Mrs. Ambrose.

On my first day in Vancouver, I already have had two really fun things happen: I was interviewed by a TV station and I saw the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.


My mom and I were walking down the street when people from CTV news came up and started asking me questions about how I liked Vancouver. I was a little shy at first, but it was fun.

Then, we were walking back to the hotel when we saw six guys with suits standing outside a building. A limo pulled up and a man walked out, surrounded by the six guys in suits. We didn’t know who he was, but we asked a person next to us and she said it was the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. We looked his picture up on the Internet at the hotel, and it was really him.

My mom took pictures of a lot of the things we saw. The picture at the top is of stairs outside a building here. if you stand at the bottom of the stairs you can see the whole picture. It is amazing how they painted it.

Here are the rest of the photos:

Totem poles are everywhere in Vancouver.

There is artwork from all over the world here. This picture shows artwork from Taiwan.

It is called the ‘Double-Happiness Chicken’ and is supposed to celebrate the union of marriage.

It looks nothing like my mom and dad though. Well, it does look like my dad a little.

One of the fun things about being here is seeing people from so many countries. We have seen people from Russia, France, England, the Ukraine, Finland and Norway.

They are all so friendly.

Everyone smiles at you and says hi

The next picture is a funny sculpture we saw.

That’s all I have to say today. I hope you liked it. Please write me back if you did.

-- Hannah Mitchell