All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go, once more

Trip Start Feb 07, 2009
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Trip End Apr 16, 2009


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Kaylee's House

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Shortly I'll be boarding a plane to Iceland of all places, so my last entry for Canada is going to be a very short one, not to say this part of the trip has been any less wonderful than anything preceeding it - it's just been so jam packed that I've not had time to get blogging!

The last few days have been great. I have been wonderfully hosted by my friend Kaylee and her family. Kaylee and I met through Myspace of all places, two or maybe even three years ago.  Kaylee was travelling to NZ for a holiday and I offered to host her... being the couchsurferific girl that I am.

Catching up was great, she's a smartypants and a fun girl all wrapped up into one, and was so kind to make time for me around her insanely busy work and study schedule, made all the more insane by her being in exams at the moment.

Her parents have been fantastic, and so kind, running me around and making sure I am well taken care of.

While Kaylee was busy I showed myself around Toronto, and had a fantastic time. We did have catchup moments, going to the movies and for sushi, giving kaylee a break from her hectic schedule, and I even got to see her work.

My top highlights for Toronto (other than the ROM) are:

Dutch Dreams Icecream Store (http://www.dutchdreams.ca/) Normally I wouldn't say an icecream store is a must see, but this is an exception. The store itself is quite the work of art (check out their  website) inside and out, and the frozen yoghurt is devine.

The Toronto Music Garden -  http://www.toronto.ca/parks/music_index.htm.  A garden inspired by Bach, and right on the waterfront. Admittedly it would be a bit nicer in summer, but if you are a fan of Bach or classical music in general it's well worth checking out

The Distillery District- (http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/) former home to canada's  largest 19th century distillery. Now home to art galleries, cafes, speciality stores and incredible Hot Chocolate. Get a Mayan Hot Chocoate from Soma (http://www.somachocolate.com/). Devine, Yum!

Honest Ed's - (http://www.honesteds.sites.toronto.com/) The Craziest and most brilliant department store!

The not so good part – the subway being held up for "medical emergencies at track level". You can make an educated guess about what that means.

I never got the time to see the Art Gallery, which is supposed to be incredible, so once again I have a place i need to revisit, both for the people and the sights.

Now I’m at the airport and waiting for a very long 12+ hours of 3 flights to get me to Edinburgh, Scotland . Yes there are direct flights from Toronto to Edinburgh, but this way I save myself NZ$1000. So wish me luck.
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