Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
102Trip End Ongoing
We drove for 2 hours until we got to Niagra. What we wasn't really expecting was that the Hostel doubles up as a hippy comnune, and usual activites such as quiz nights and pool competitions you would expect to find in hostels had been replaced with yoga and group massage night? hmm?
Choosing not to 'find ourselves' we headed out to look at the falls, it was still pretty early as we left Toronto so quickly, so we thought we would try and see the falls before it got dark. It was about 30 minutes walk to the falls which wasn't to bad for us, it was good to actaully stretch our legs after the bus journey. We had got so used to having lots of leg room, the bus felt overly crampt!
We followed the river until we reached the mammoth falls. Now we have seen big waterfalls in Portland and Vancouver, but i wasn't expecting the size of these and definitely wouldn't be jumping in these ones for a swim. Sadly we got to the maid of the mist boat tours 10 minutes to late which was a shame as the boats take you right into the waterfall getting you soaked in the process - second thoughts maybe it was a blessing in disguise? Oh well it saved us $30 which would buy us a few more beers later on!
The problem with being a spectical is that lots of other people will want to see it as well, so when there are tourists there are hundreds of cheap tacky shops. Niagra is no different. Along with the tacky shops there is a big strip of amusement arcades and casino's to feed everyone's hunger. It just made Niagra look like a cheap and tacky theme park - not to disimilar to Southend seafront actually!
We did come up with the bright idea of trying to get free food and drink from the casino, but after walking around for 20 minutes and having no waitresesses come up to us we scrapped that idea - Super noodles for dinner it is then... again!
I think Dan took us on the scenic route on the way home as we were walking for a good couple of hours back to the hostel. Starving we made our way to the hostels eco-logical Kitchen. We looked like such novices because while everyone else was cooking vegetable casserole, vegetable quiche and vegetable soup (you can see this was a non-meat place) we were there with our supernoodles! We enjoyed them though!
We spent the rest of the night ogling the most gorgues women we had sen on all of our journey. We went to a bar for a quiet night out, only to fing the on Friday and Saturday night, Niagra fills up will hundreds of 19 and 20 year old americans that cant get served in America. Canada's Drinking laws are a lot les stricter, the drinking age being only 19, so for the price of a cheap taxi cab over the bridge, they can get wasted legally. The bar was playing the worst music, but we made an exception and had a really good night out. Although the 'Hi,I'm English, listen to me talk' line still hasn't worked!
Next up New York Baby!
Joke of the Day
A few days after Christmas, a mother was working in the kitchen listening to her young son playing with his new electric train in the living room
The mother went nuts and told her son, "We don't use that kind of language in this house. Now I want you to go to your room and you are to stay there for TWO HOURS. When you come out, you may play with your train, but I want you to use nice language."
Two hours later, the son comes out of the bedroom and resumes playing with his train. Soon the train stopped and the mother heard her son say, "All passengers who are disembarking from the train, please remember to take all of your belongings with you. We thank you for riding with us today and hope your trip was a pleasant one. We hope you will ride with us again soon." She hears the little boy continue, "For those of you just boarding, we ask you to stow all of your hand luggage under your seat. Remember, there is no smoking on the train. We hope you will have a pleasant and relaxing journey with us today."
As the mother began to smile, the child added, "For those of you who are pissed off about the TWO HOUR delay, please see the bitch in the kitchen."