30 in Toronto

Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

After a four hour train journey I got into Toronto and have to say first impression was that the city centre was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be and a lot of construction work was going on. Still it felt most like London out of all the places I had been too.  After dropping my bags at the hostel I went to the CN tower; which gave a good view of the city.  Restaurants take up a lot of space so cant go the whole way round.  Rockefeller's in NY is still the best vantage point I have seen a city from.  In the evening went out with a couple of people and went to a open mic comedy night at one of the local pubs.  Russell Peters they were not but was a good way to spend first evening.

Woke up late next day as staying in a co-ed room all the girls spent ages in the bathroom and Joey never stopped talking, wtf Joey ;-)  Thought I would start do some cultural bits so went to a Castle (Casa Loma) in the afternoon.  Was built by a rich Canadian and had a very British feeling towards it as we wanted the Royal family to come and visit, I think he got only the Duke of York.  Bumped into my Swiss friend from the jail and showed him the ways of pool (Straight pool and 9-ball).  In the evening went on a pub crawl and met some more new people.

On Friday I went to Toronto Island which is a ten minute ferry ride from downtown and is a tranquil spot in a hectic city.  The island is 5km long and has 4/5 beaches, some fairground rides, a farm, rowing centre and a lot of greenery.  Being the first week of Spring, there wasn't anyone on the beach and a lot of the shops were closed.  I can imagine though is summer this being a great place to come and relax.  I walked from one edge of the island and back and was a nice relaxing afternoon stroll.  In the evening went out to a couple of Irish pubs, listened to some live music (Proclaimers, AC/DC and Oasis; yeahhhhh) and learnt some more about other cultures.

The weekend began with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum and looked at all the exhibits there.  Not a big museum man to be honest but got to see dinosaur fossils which for me is never dull.  My man T-Rex is awesome.  In the evening the united nations (Chicago crew, Canadians, Swiss, Italian, french, German, Brit and MOROCCO) went out for some drinks before going to a club.  Was a great night and think my legs were shattered from all the dancing.

Early start on Sunday as I wanted to catch the Spurs game, finally Adebyaor scored not once but twice so was a good win too keep up with the gooners.  Then went to the science museum to see what exhibits they have.  Took part in a tongue (strength, taste abilities etc) experiment for the university of Toronto.  Even though I left years ago still helping the science field along.  In the evening went to the pub, where I taught my Swiss mate the wonderful game of darts.  Kalpesh "the kingpin of the darts game" won all the legs, go England.  One thing I noticed when speaking to him I started speaking in a French accent, bloomin weird but I think it helped him understand.  Never let it be said the we Brits aren't helpful.

Monday was my day trip to Niagara Falls, which started by going wine tasting; all wine tastes the same to me so wasn't anything too exciting for me.  Then was given the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride around the falls which I grabbed with both hands.  Got to sit in the front passenger seat for an even better view and went up, stomach going up slightly before seeing the rapids, American side of the falls and the Canadian side of the falls.  Was absolutely AMAZING view and definitely recommend if you visit, was worth the money to see such a great natural beauty.  Then back down to earth and some lunch and stocked up on the chicken and pasta.  The area around the falls reminded me of all the shops and amusement elements of a sea-side resort.  Then we got a closer look at the falls and went down an elevator which gives access to tunnels which allow you to go behind the falls and to the side.  Again an amazing view, rainbows all over the place and the thunderous roar of the water made it a wonderful experience.  A definite must see.  After the excitement of the falls when I got back to hostel we had a chilled night in chatting away and playing poker, monopoly and a game called flux.  Its a game where the rules keep changing; fluxxxxxxxing hell.

Last day in Toronto I visited the steam whistle brewery and china town before heading back to the hostel to say goodbye to all the people I had met.

Had a great time in Toronto and again met some really nice people.  Was a great place to spend whilst hitting the big 30.  




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