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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Toronto, the biggest city in Canada. Home to over 2 million people, one of the tallest buildings in the world and alot of road traffic, the last ten miles appeared to take forever but that is nothing compared to the M25 car park in England.

The first day in Toronto was wasted surfing the net on my new laptop, however I did go to a comedy club that evening. What a disaster! An open stage mike with only 3 unfunny comedians willing to provide a show to the sparse audience.

Buying a city pass, meant the next day was more productive with me and Andy going to the Ontario Science Museum. Didn't learn much science but it was fun playing with all the interactive games. With the Auld Enemy rivalry being re-ignited in the interactive sports sections. This competition was very tense with the Scotsman took an early lead against the arm wrestle machine, but the Englishman replied immediately in the land like a cat competition. The Scot retook the lead in the Wheelchair race only to pegged back in the rowing event. The penultimate karate chop event was easily won by Andy leaving the remaining 'how fast can you pitch' baseball game, which the Scot sneaking it by a mere 1mph.  

Toronto's Financial District., Toronto, Canada
The Finacial District of Toronto from the CN Tower

In the evening a group of us from the hostel went to the comedy club, Second City. This place is famous for discovering Mike Myers and the performance of 8 different comedians didn't disappoint except it was a tad on the short side.

The following day, I left the Scotsman to sleep in as I headed off to the Ice-hockey Hall of Fame. Once again I treated myself to more interactive games and donned on the goalkeepers equipment to experience a virtual game from between the sticks. Me against Wayne Gretzky and unsurprisingly I lost, only saving 2 shots from 5.
Later on that day I headed up to Casa Loma, the castle on the hill in Spanish. This castle was never completely built as the British owner, Sir Henry Pellatt went bankrupt before applying the finishing touches. But even in its unfinished state, evidently seen with the concrete pit in the basement that was suppose to be the swimming pool, its still remains a majestic building.

Conservatory in Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada
The conservatory in Casa Lama

In the evening I went to the CN tower to catch the sunsetting over Toronto. The overcast conditions put an end to that idea but the view from one of the tallest buildings in the world is still immense. The building stands over 533m tall and you can get as high up as 447m in the Skypod. Just admire the photos below to get an idea of the view.

Outskirts of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
View of the sunset in Toronto's suburbs from the CN Tower

Toronto from CN TowerDowntown Toronto from CN Tower

Toronto's Evening TrafficRush Hour traffic in Toronto

The evening was spent losing money in a poker tournament and doing laundry ready for a hectic weekend in Kingston. Starting to regret buying a laptop now as I am slowly turning into an antisocial git but I can now follow the misfortunes of my local football team.
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