Blue Jays V's the Red Sox
The journey from Montreal was actually quite nice. The coaches we took in Canada were a lot more comfortable than the American ones, more leg room and better head rests. I managed to sleep most of the way but still caught a few glimpses of the scenery, it was very beautiful and much greener then what I have seen in America.
We arrived at the station and got a taxi to the hostel as it would have involved many transfers on the buses to get there. It really is no fun trying to lug our bags on and off several different buses! Upon check in I found out that my Passport and Greyhound pass was not in the bag I had put it in!!! Panic set in, but hopped in a taxi back to the station and luckily the bus was still there and to my delight my documents were still in the over head locker. That is the last time I will put my passport anywhere other than a zipped compartment of my bag!
The hostel was fabulous, it even had its own bar!! Our room was right above the bar though, am glad that we purchased ear
plugs! The next day we were hoping to go up the CN tower, however the weather was not on our side. So after seeking advice from the dude behind the desk we headed out in the cold rain to the Rogers Centre to catch some baseball. The Blue Jays were playing the Red Sox. The stadium was massive, only 29,000 people were attending that day and it looked so empty. I have to say that I found my first experience of Baseball a little bit slow, not may hits were scored and only two home runs. However, I have managed to catch a few games on the TV and they looked a lot more interesting. That evening we just chilled out at the hostel, had a few drinks and caught up on some sleep.
We set off to Niagara Falls with Moose Travel the next day. The tour guides were lovely and quite funny. Three “newbies’ were also with us as they were training to become guides. First of all we stopped off at the Horseshoe falls to have a quick look around and got quite wet from the spray. The rest of the day included a trip to
Thommo waiting to go on Maid of the Mist
Brooks Monument, a visit to the whirlpool (where the river is going so fast that it can not make it around a sharp bend so it forms a whirlpool then goes round the corner), and a wine tasting session at a lovely winery (I still think that red wine tastes like vinegar!!!!). We tried a delicious Ice Wine, very very sweet and thick. My highlight of the day was the trip on the Maid of the Mist. Even with the water poncho’s they provided we still got soaked but it was definately worth every second. You get to go up so close to both the American and Canadian falls, the noise it tremendous. At the end of the day we got to see the falls in the dark with the lights turned on. After having a few drinks in the bar with the trainees we crashed in bed as didn’t get back till quite late.
The weather was quite nice in the morning so we headed over to the Harbour to look at the Lake. We also took our chance and made our way up the CN Tower, the views were amazing and could even see our hostel. We
stopped for lunch and a cocktail in the café at the top and just took in the view. When we got back to the hostel we bumped into Ed, the guy we met in Washington. It was really nice that we got to see him again. So that night we went to the bar for a few drinks and a catch up on what we had all been up to. It was Anzac day, so the bar was very busy and loud but we managed to find a spot outside on the patio.
We all visited the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) the following day. The museum is set out beautifully and houses so may interesting artefacts, I really could have spent more time there than we did. I would say that if you go to Toronto you can not leave without having visited the ROM! In my opinion it is by far the best Museum I have ever been too. That night we all just chilled in our room and looked at each others photos etc.
I have really enjoyed my time in Canada. I think we will make an effort to go to Vancouver later in our
The seaside type resort near the falls, full of 'attractions'.
trip. We also heard that you can work in Canada until the ages of 36 as a traveler, so it could be a possibility for future plans, would just have to get used to the cold weather in the winter.
Onwards to Chicago……
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