Welcome to Oakville

Trip Start Feb 22, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2010


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Union Station

If you ever desire to find a place in Toronto where you can watch people run around like chickens with their heads cut off, then look no further than Union Station. That place is crazy.

Basically you show up and wait around until 10 minutes before your train departs, at which time the platform number attached to your train will appear on the TV screens and then you can make the mad dash to the platform.

I'm glad I didn't dawdle with getting my ticket punched, because my train literally left one minute after I got on and found a seat. I realized then that people rush because the trains will not wait for you if you're late

The Go Trains are kind of like a double-decker bus, in that it has two levels. I rode on the top level for the duration of the trip, which lasted about 45 minutes.

Oakville

I arrived at Oackville with lots of time to spare before my tour appointment at Sheridan College. I found a McDonal's across the street from Oakville Station and had a good chuckle over all the graffiti that the workers there wrote all over the backs of a muffin sign.

Afterwards, I had a loooong walk to Sheridan to look forward to in the cold, and I was kicking myself for not only forgetting to look up bus routs/schedules, but also that I didn't remember to take my mp3 player with me for the walk. Luckily I had GPS on my cellphone, so I never got lost.

Sheridan

Sheridan College is a really impressive school. It's very... modern. And big.

Also, it has stores in it, and coffee shops like Starbucks! And a gift shop! I was like: "Is this a school or a mall?"

Anyway, I was given a tour of the illustration facilities by a 3rd year "star student" in the illustration program, who needs to work on his interpersonal skills a bit more if he wants to give engaging tours. I left the school at peace with the fact that I hadn't considered Sheridan as an option when I was looking at schools when I was in highschool. Ultimately, I don't think I could justify going further into debt for a place where half of my tuition would be going toward maintain it's mall. 

So yeah, I left Oakville feeling like this little venture was a bit of a waste of time, even though I know it really wasn't.

Phone Trouble

I caught the Go Train back to Toronto and discovered that my cellphone wasn't able to make or receive calls. I panicked and took myself over to the Telus store in the Eaton Centre, and was told that I was the 20th person to come in about this problem. Apparently the system is down in Toronto and not a problem with my phone. I can live with that.

I was feeling a little weary after the long day, so I decided to treat myself to a dinner at Swiss Chalet before returning to the hotel for a night of TV-watching curled up in bed.       
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