moose, maple syrup and other Canadian stereotypes
13.08.2010 - 13.08.2010 28 °C
I wake up early-ish and go down for breakfast, coffe and toast. I forget my room number again (even though its on my card) and the man checks Im who I say I am. I speak with the people and ask them for where to go, the are amazingly friendly and seem so helpful, maybe Canadians are friendly afterall and I got off to a bad start! When I checked in, I got asked what the difference between a flat and apartment was, I said nothing, its a British thing! The guy is telling me about the news and David Beckham being too old to play, how is that on the news, isnt it common knowledge?
In my few days here, I am definitely loosing weight, must be all the walking, although I havnt been eating a great deal either, too busy or tired!
One thing that is big business here is drinks cans/flasks, everone has one and the shops sell an array of designs, they are actually pretty funky and a good idea really.
I cant see the top of the CN tower yet, but it is early, I expect it will clear in a bit (it does).
I am wondering how many countries I have been to (not including GB) and I work it out to be 19. I am already thinking about myy next adventures, I definitely have the travelling bug!
I head off out and hope that it being Friday 13th is not a bad thing. The weather is hot but theres a nice breeze.
Firstly I stop off at the condom shop and the tattoo place, both are actually really cool and I head towards China town. It is actually a really cool street, with lots of nice shops and right on the doorstep. I think Diane would love it here, definitely her kind of place.
China town is really busy and there are lots of stuff for sale out on the street. From there I cut through to Kensington market. Most the shops are all like little shacks, but somehow it is really cool and works, a kind of shabby-chic.
I want to see the 'Crystal' at the Royal Ontario museum, so head in that direction past the university. The ROM and crystal are really quite impressive. There is a gift shop and I decide to look in. I realise that there is a Terracotta Warrier exhibition and so decide to look round as that is one of the main reasons I would like to go to China and I missed the one in London a few years back. You cant take pictures though, but its amazing to think how old they are.
The warriers are pretty cool and the museum is pretty amazing, it has a bit of everything, but its all very interesting, I would definitely recommend it. I have to wizz round because I don't have a lot of time, but you could easily spend a day here. I buy a few goodies from the gift shop and carry on.
My feelings of Toronto are that I don't have enough time and will certainly be back again.
Next stop Art Gallery of Ontario, which has a funky building on stilts, I dont stop, just take a few pics and then make my way to the Rogers centre and CN tower on foot.
I am hoping to go up the CN tower but there is a 45 minute queue and I dont have time so I head to the harbourfront. T%his is also really cool. If I had taime I would take a water-taxi to the islands so I could see the view of the city cos I reckon it would be pretty cool.
There is a craft studio with people making glass vases, I watch them for a while. There are lots of different crafts you can do here in the form of workshops and then there is a gift shop where you can buy/sell which is also pretty good.
Theres loads of restaurants and a shopping centre, I grab a few things to eat and drink and then head back to the hotel via the city hall to get my things.
By this time I am power walking like crazy because Im worried about missing my train. I trudge down to Union station where it is delayed by 15 minutes.There is a massive queue so at least Im OK.
I get on the train and eventually get a space for my luggage and take a seat, Niagara here I come...