Toronto, Canada: Lazy Summer Get-Away

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Toronto, Canada is very hot and sticky in July!  I had hoped for some relief when my cousin, Watky, proposed a trip up north.  We didn’t have any particular purpose to be there; it was a last-minute lazy 4-day summer break that we could use to change the scenery.  We planned on visiting Niagara Falls and perhaps chill with our Canadian families in Toronto.


We toured Niagara Falls many times, but always from the same visited touristy areas.  I wanted to see these falls from different angles.  My research on Google showed an access road to Goat Island that splits the mighty Horseshoe Falls from the American Falls.  The combined of which forms the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet or 50 meters.  Leang and his wife, Kong, came with us for the tour.  It was one of the last few trips we’d take together since they would leave to live in Cambodia in a year’s time.  We hiked two 10-mile hikes along the Niagara Falls area.


The only relief from the hot weather was a brief rain shower.  The wetness cooled us a bit, but when the sun reappeared the humidity drove us into the air-conditioned malls.  With so many people inside, the place wasn’t any cooler than what we would like it to be.  We ate delicious Asian food cooked by our Canadian family; I learned that my 2nd cousins are Haitian Canadians -- very bright boys.  I do have to mention that on one of those afternoons after we had toured the Canadian National Tower, I had perhaps the worst experience in service at a Chinese Restaurant called, “Pho Hung Restaurant”, on Spadina Boulevard in Toronto.  I ate dragon fruit which I dubbed “dragon balls” due to the thick hairy purplish-pink shell.  It was very succulent and not that sweet.  I also ate logans.  We had some time before returning to the States so we stopped by my uncle’s.  He’s my Dad’s oldest brother and still smokes heavily.  I spoke to him about cutting back and walking around the neighborhood to stay in shape so he could extend his life.  It’s hard to change after living some seven decades.  He resembles my Dad a little.  I invited him and my aunt to visit the Grand Canyon with me -- all expense paid.  They need to see that "ditch".  LoL!!


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