Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
11Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Anyway, after I arrived at the airport, I took a local bus to the city. The airport shuttle bus was available, but a local transportation was much cheaper. When I got on the bus, I didn't have coins, so I tried to pay a bill. Although the driver told me to pay by coin, I said I didn't have coins. Then he let me get on without taking the bill. I was worried about the time to transfer and to pass through the ticket gate, but there was no problem
I stayed in Canadiana Backpackers for five nights. I didn't plan to stay there so long, but after checking up on the weather forecast and choosing the date for a Niagara Falls tour, I decided to extend my stay in Toronto, or the hostel. Actually, the hostel was quite comfortable. They had a movie theatre in the basement and a movie was scheduled every night. Usually, guests are not intersted in the movies and the theatre was vacant. Then they kindly let me use a movie theater for free and that was fantastic.
The first place I visited on the second day was the CN Tower. I knew where it was because I had seen it on my way to the hostel. At the entrance of the tower, I hesitated to go up the tower, because it was extremely pricey. I didn't want to pay $32 just for a view, but the CN Tower was world-famous, because it was the highest tower for a long time (34 years). Then I found a City Pass ad. It looked cheaper and because I was planing to stay in Toronto for five days, I had plenty of time to visit the other attractions. So I bought it for $68 and would visit four tourist attractions. However, I didn't feel it was so cheap, because two out of the five tourist attractions for the ticket were mainly for children and I didn't feel like visiting them. Anyway, I went up the CN Tower
Then I went to Harbourfront and found an ice-skating rink there. I didn't skate for more than 20 years, but instinctively, I felt I should do it there. Thankfully, the rink was open to public for free and skates rental shop was also there. So it was absolutely a must. Eventually, l enjoyed skating for two hours. I was like a beginner at first, but getting better and better as I skated longer. Even a stranger gave me advice and it was a nice experience. Before I left the rink, I asked a Canadian to take a picture of myself in the rink.
On the third day, I visited Casa Loma and Royal Museum of Ontario. On my way to Casa Loma, I saw some squirrels. Because I love wild animals, I got excited, taking many pictures. Casa Loma was like a castle with towers. I enjoyed "exploring" the huge mansion
On the fourth day, I tried Segway in the Distillery Historic District. I had a plan to try it in Centrair (Central Japan International Airport), but the district with installation arts looked more interesting in exploring on Segway. So I took a guided tour. It was not difficult to ride Segway and because there were not many tourists in the district on the day, I enjoyed the ride very much. After the tour, I dropped by a cafe to taste hot chocolate. It was really good especially on the cold day. Then I left for Science Centre. I was not interested in the science museum at all, because my city also has a similar museum. Still I didn't want to waste my CityPass, I went there. You may think that was ridiculous, but there was nowhere else to go. To be honest, the museum was for children or science geeks. Children can enjoy hands-on activities without thinking about scientific mechanism; science geeks can understand the mechanism and fully enjoy the activities. Staff were very friendly and it might have been a good idea to play with the staff.