World Tour of Toronto

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


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Monday, March 5, 2007

Having been talked into staying a day longer we did wonder what we would do with my new found time here with Dawn falling into the same category of people as me when asked what to do in their home town: dunno.

Skimming through a bunch of leaflets I picked up at the airport along with a map to figure out where the hell I was we stumbled upon a list of Toronto's many different communities with the usual Chinatown, Little Italy, Greek town, Korea town etc but also among them a Poland town - we were intrigued.

With the sun trying it's best outside to melt the glacier like streets we skidded down Bloor St, Toronto's upmarket shopping strip passing a group of guys carrying ice hockey sticks along the way which Dawn said was not normal as I told her not to ruin my built up picture of Canada. Adding to my stereotyped image of the county was a snowy park with people sledging / tobogganing (depending on which side of the Atlantic you come from) as we wondered how best to ask the little kid if we could borrow his sled without looking like big kids ourselves.

With fingers numbing and ears and noses reddening we continued on across the frozen lands of Canada through Greece and Korea before finally arriving in Eastern Europe with out first sighting of a Polish shop sign. As well as being big kids we were also big wusses on saying "Right, seen it" and diving onto the first tram straight afterwards despite having walked around  2-3 hours to get here just to avoid the biting cold.

One thing Dawn did want me to try for a taste of Canada which was not a flame grilled moose burger was a visit to Tim Hortons, a Canadian version of Starbucks although you would get a hockey stick whacked up the side of your head if you ever describe as such to a local. Returning the feeling to our extremities with a steaming bowl of soup and hot chocolate I just hope Canada attempts to take over the world or at least the coffee house business.

Back in Dawn's cozy little apartment I tried to work out bus connections for returning south of the border realizing how little time I had left on this world journey, being able to count the time left in days rather than weeks, months or a whole year.

Where did it go so fast?
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