30 in Toronto
Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
26Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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Woke up late next day as staying in a co-ed room all the girls spent ages in the bathroom and Joey never stopped talking, wtf Joey ;-) Thought I would start do some cultural bits so went to a Castle (Casa Loma) in the afternoon. Was built by a rich Canadian and had a very British feeling towards it as we wanted the Royal family to come and visit, I think he got only the Duke of York
On Friday I went to Toronto Island which is a ten minute ferry ride from downtown and is a tranquil spot in a hectic city. The island is 5km long and has 4/5 beaches, some fairground rides, a farm, rowing centre and a lot of greenery. Being the first week of Spring, there wasn't anyone on the beach and a lot of the shops were closed. I can imagine though is summer this being a great place to come and relax. I walked from one edge of the island and back and was a nice relaxing afternoon stroll. In the evening went out to a couple of Irish pubs, listened to some live music (Proclaimers, AC/DC and Oasis; yeahhhhh) and learnt some more about other cultures.
The weekend began with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum and looked at all the exhibits there. Not a big museum man to be honest but got to see dinosaur fossils which for me is never dull. My man T-Rex is awesome. In the evening the united nations (Chicago crew, Canadians, Swiss, Italian, french, German, Brit and MOROCCO) went out for some drinks before going to a club. Was a great night and think my legs were shattered from all the dancing
Early start on Sunday as I wanted to catch the Spurs game, finally Adebyaor scored not once but twice so was a good win too keep up with the gooners. Then went to the science museum to see what exhibits they have. Took part in a tongue (strength, taste abilities etc) experiment for the university of Toronto. Even though I left years ago still helping the science field along. In the evening went to the pub, where I taught my Swiss mate the wonderful game of darts. Kalpesh "the kingpin of the darts game" won all the legs, go England. One thing I noticed when speaking to him I started speaking in a French accent, bloomin weird but I think it helped him understand. Never let it be said the we Brits aren't helpful.
Monday was my day trip to Niagara Falls, which started by going wine tasting; all wine tastes the same to me so wasn't anything too exciting for me. Then was given the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride around the falls which I grabbed with both hands. Got to sit in the front passenger seat for an even better view and went up, stomach going up slightly before seeing the rapids, American side of the falls and the Canadian side of the falls. Was absolutely AMAZING view and definitely recommend if you visit, was worth the money to see such a great natural beauty
Last day in Toronto I visited the steam whistle brewery and china town before heading back to the hostel to say goodbye to all the people I had met.
Had a great time in Toronto and again met some really nice people. Was a great place to spend whilst hitting the big 30.