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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto January 29th 2020

Had a nice, long, exploration day today. We started off at AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) because we wanted to see the new exhibit by Yayoi Kusama called Let’s Survive Forever. It was a long walk to the gallery but once again, so much to look at along the way. Entry is free for under 25s, but in order to get in we had to sign up for a (free) annual pass, so if anyone reading this is going to Toronto in the next year let me know! The exhibit was interesting. It’s a room of mirrors, and there are silver reflective baubles everywhere. Hanging from the ceiling, laying on the floor, and there’s a little window you can look through that shows millions more little silver baubles. According to the exhibit description, the mirrors produce ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto January 28th 2020

Again combining posts because day 17 was especially quiet. It was a dark, rainy day and we went out for a grocery shop but other than that there wasn’t much to do, so we stayed home. It was super relaxing to sleep in and watch tv all day, although we did watch the city pass by for a few hours. We also made some stir fry rice in the apartment too which felt way healthier and nicer than going out again. However, day 18 was way more eventful. Admittedly, we did sleep in. I don’t know what it is about Canada, must be the darkness, but it’s so so easy to sleep in, and so hard to wake up properly. But we did eventually leave at midday, and we went to a fast food chain called ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto January 26th 2020

Well I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that we slept in until midday today after getting to bed at 4:30am. But we have a whole week in Toronto and not a whole lot planned so we figured we’d take it easy. We wanted to have a quiet day and ease ourselves back into city life, so the first thing we did was go to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Don’t be fooled, it’s just a regular aquarium. We went because the “Ripley’s” made it sound like we’d see some really funky fish or some huge sharks or something, but it must just be sponsored by them because it really is a regular aquarium. It was good though! It took us about an hour to get through it all, and it was relaxing to look at all ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary January 25th 2020

My apologies for putting two days together in the same post again, it’s just that day 14 was incredibly uneventful. It was our last day in Banff, and our first day not skiing in five days, so we had a nice rest day. This consisted of sleeping for most of the day, watching tv, quiet walks, and planning. We went out for dinner at Banff Ave Brewing Company where they had $8 steins, so we took advantage of that. We didn’t realise until we got home that it was almost midnight and we still had to pack, so we were up until about 1am. Andddd then we had to wake up at 5am to get the two hour bus to Calgary airport, where we ended up being super early for our 11:30am flight to Toronto. We ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff » Sunshine January 23rd 2020

What an amazing place to ski!! Banff is the perfect town to stay in with massive ski mountains all around. We have a ski pass for Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. On the first day (I think I mentioned) we went to Norquay, which was nice but there were only about four runs open and Adam was just starting to learn. So on day 2 we went to Sunshine Village, which we ended up going to quite a lot. It’s perfect. There’s a gondola that takes you up the mountains to the chair lifts, and you can get off halfway and ski at the halfway point or you can keep going up the very top to the village, and get the lifts up to the clouds. Unfortunately on our first day in Sunshine we ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff » Norquay January 20th 2020

Welllll what a day. We originally set the alarm for 6am, snoozed til 7am, snoozed til 8am, realised the sun wouldn’t come up til 8:50am, so then officially woke up at 9am. We got the shuttle down to the village (also I asked how we get the shuttle back and they’re actually drop off only, so every time we go to the village we’ll have to do the gruelling, icy walk home) and headed straight to the rental store. We got fitted, paid (which by the way, holy MOLY skiing ain’t cheap), and did the gruelling, icy walk home, but this time carrying skis, poles, boots, helmets and pants. Once again, in freezing, -16 degree weather, it got way too hot. We had to organise a few things before we left, like our lift passes and ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff January 18th 2020

Had a pretty slow day today. We woke up super early (about 5am) to pack up and leave our cute Vancouver bnb to head to Calgary! It was a pretty cold morning, but it is very hard work pushing a suitcase through piles of snow, so we worked up quite a sweat. Made our train two seconds before the doors closed (that would have been a DISASTER) and we arrived at the airport super early/on time depending on who you are. We sent off our luggage and then headed to Subway for breakfast- once again we needed some vegetables. So far, so great. Everything is going smoothly. Until we get to security. There weren’t that many people at vancouver airport at 6:30am, so I wasn’t surprised when Adam was pulled over for a security check before ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 17th 2020

I would love to report that we woke up early and refreshed, ready to hit the town for our last day in Vancouver, however that would be a lie. We didn’t set alarms and so accidentally slept in until about 12pm. I fully blame the fact that we’re staying in a basement, and the fact that Vancouver is very dark itself at the moment, so it says nice and dark and comfy down here. Anyway, we did eventually leave at about 1pm, and we headed straight to Frenchie’s for lunch (allegedly home of the best poutine in Vancouver). One thing we have learnt this past week is that while there’s a chance of regretting it if we both get a meal, it’s very unlikely to regret only getting one. So we shared a veggie poutine (I ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 16th 2020

Had another morning like yesterday morning, where we had to decide whether to sleep or stand. Once again, Adam chose to sleep, and I chose to stand and go for a walk. My immediate goal was coffee, however I found a thrift shop, that led into another thrift shop, that led into ANOTHER thrift shop, so I ended up spending all of my time in these three stores. Adam texted me halfway through my vintage adventure, where I was just in the middle of purchasing a Canadian Hockey cap (for $5 which I thought was amazing but Adam was less than impressed) and we met halfway between the stores and the Airbnb at about 12pm. We ended up going to iHOP for breakfast where Adam got Mexican churro pancakes and I got Italian cannoli pancakes. We ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver January 15th 2020

Had a super relaxing day today. We set alarms for 9:30am to give ourselves a bit of a sleep-in, but it turns out we were super tired and slept through it. We have plenty of time in Vancouver to explore and have fun, so we figured it was okay to relax a little and catch up on some zzz’s. At 10:45 we woke up and made decisions. Adam decided to sleep some more, and I, worried if I slept too much it would ruin any chance of a normal sleep schedule, decided to go for a walk. It was -7 outside and snowing but it was so beautiful! I didn’t even mind the cold, everything is just so much prettier in the snow. I went into a few gift shops that were pretty cute and also ... read more

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