Published: February 2nd 2008January 30th 2008
Well with Ottawa keeping to a consistently cool -10degrees over the past few weeks Meagan and I decided to head to Toronto where the weather has been keeping to a consistently cool -5degrees....it was like a summer holiday! Also Colm's sister Roisin lives there....
Fortunately Colm couldn't come due to work commitments (did I leave an "Un" out of that last sentence somewhere?). Thus myself and Meagan headed off on the Friday. With Train and Bus tickets costing around $100 each we decided to take advantage of a handy if not slightly "end up on a milk carton" idea they have in Canada called Ride Share.
This goes along the line that people are traveling between cities so often, generally with work, that they offer folks who just want to visit these cities a lift at a cost that usually only covers their petrol. Thus at a cost of $40 return we headed to Toronto with a Russian Engineer called Ilya...nice man who didn't look like he had any previous kidnapping convictions:)
Toronto is a big city with around 5million people. The first thing you notice is how multicultural it is. During the entire weekend I met about
Downtown..The CN tower and me
two Canadians with the rest being American, German, Irish, Mexican, Indian......you get the idea.
In true Irish tradition the second we arrived we went to the local bar....after one or two pints and a tasty chicken in beer batter with the option of mash or chips later we hit the hay.
The next day myself and Meagan took a trip around the city. It snowed the whole time and was colder than a Mr Freeze but we managed to see most of the city center. The city is located at the northern point of one of the three "Great Lakes" lake Ontario which is 193miles long by 60 miles wide, thus you get the feeling that it's right on the ocean. It has Great architecture and is the main business hub for US companies being that is only about an hour from the US border.
That night Roisin took us to two parties where we met some of Roisin's very nice friends. The parties reminded me of being back in college....unfortunately all the people that attended these parties were in fact in college which then reminded me of how old I am! Great night all the same....Thanks Roisin!
The next day I hit the CN tower...I won't bore you with details of how big it is as the pictures speak a thousand words...words like "big" and "Tall" and "Don't look down" I got a better feel for the city this day as the sun was shining. Big buildings, friendly people and great chicken in beer batter dinners:) Defiantly a return visit is on the books.
That evening Ilya picked us up, didn't bring us to the cellar of his house, but instead brought us to our front door:)
A big thanks to Roisin and her flat mates for putting up with us and for the great weekend....
Thats all folks...................
There are more photos below