Winter Woolies

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Saturday, March 3, 2007

Dawn was up and out to yoga at 6am, needless to say I wasn't.

Winter woollies were needed today with yesterday's snow leaving about foot of the stuff covering everything outside. Not really coming equipped for such extremes I borrowed a hat, scarf and a set of mittens from Dawn despite not wearing mittens since I was 4 years old - you know the ones with the string attached to them looped through your jacket so you don't lose them.

The cool crisp day was still slushy underfoot from the snow as we headed down towards Toronto's sizable Chinatown. Considering the climate the street was still lined with market stalls selling just about all the exotic fruits I had first discovered for myself in Asia from dragonfruit to durian looking very strange with a layer of snow on some.

Grabbing a couple of spicy baguettes from a Vietnamese place we wandered through Kensington Market which had just become a designated historic site a few months ago. Heading more into town we stopped for a gander at the new town hall, "I think it looks like a big urinal" says Dawn which I had to agree with. Right out front was an outdoor skating rink still pretty busy despite the fact the whole of the city was turning into one with the half melted snow soon turning to ice.

Staring out at the lake down by the harbour it's name was easy to see how it got it's name taking the province's name of Ontario, a Huron word meaning 'Great Lake'. With ice bergs floating past and a freezing wind cutting us in half we turned back towards town to escape the cold a bit detouring past the CN Tower with the streets around it closed due to falling ice coming off the tower.

Following a dinner at one of Dawn's friends, Catherine a fellow music student, the three of us went out to a concert of classical Nordic singing. No that's not a typo, one of their friends was performing in it and I've certainly been up for trying new things on this journey so I tagged along.

The music was certainly different and powerful with me never having heard a operatic type singer live before. Of course just when I was feeling more cultured already they talked at the end all about the movement, vocal transitions, mouth shape and the way she carried the tone with the only thing I could think of was that she looked like Jodie Foster.

After stopping at a little coffee place we walked home with Toronto more than fulling the image I had of the city under a layer of snow as we crept carefully along the icy streets getting to within 100 meters of the door before Dawn decks it.

"Wow your shoes are great on the ice and snow, where'd you get them?"
"The Cook Islands".
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