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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 2nd 2017

So... 2 more sleeps and I will be off to Guatemala via a Panama City layover. Now if you have read previous entries from my travels to Guatemala, you will remember me and layovers are not always the best, but they do make for good fodder in the blog posts. I am flying with Copa Airlines and avoiding a stopover in the US, this makes me happy for various reasons; travel bans, presidents and an "all around ill-will" feeling permeating from there right now. Yes, I know never to judge a country by its president, but... I have decided to pare down my suitcase size this year and go with a backpack and a carry-on size suitcase, as finding a "lavanderia" is fairly easy in Guate. I am travelling for a few days to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala's ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto June 23rd 2017

Before last week I had never visited Canada before. America, yes – numerous times but Canada was never a country I ever really thought about visiting, until last week, when I stayed in the Canadian city of Toronto. Toronto is located in the south east of Canada, right on the border of their American neighbors. A hustling bustling city, Toronto is Canada’s most populous city and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Toronto has gone through various changes throughout the years, before the Europeans arrived on Canada’s shores, the city of Toronto was inhabited by the native Iroquois. It was then owned by the British who renamed the city to ‘York’ before the battle of York in 1813 where they were defeated by t... read more
Picture taken from Ripley's aquarium

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto June 1st 2017

So it's been a while since I've been travelling as such, the last three years have been scuba diving holidays and for some reason unknown to myself I didn't blog !! However, today is the first day of a 20 day trip travelling the east coast of 🇨🇦 starting in Toronto. So after a lovely flight I travelled 45 mins to arrive at my homestay, where I was greeted by a lovely family, James, Jen and their two young sons. There are also 3 german girls who are studying to be teachers. My room is a cozy room on the third floor with a very comfy bed. When I arrived they were all sitting around the table playing hangman with Wyatt the eldest boy aged 6, so I "hung" out with them for a couple of ... read more
A wheelie bin of blood pumped in each heart beat
The skeleton
All you need is .......

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 26th 2017

This was our day actually spent in Toronto. We arrived at the Aga Khan Museum and were met by Farzana, a friend made in Calgary shortly before she left for her new Toronto job in major-gifts fundraising. The building is striking with straight lines and angles, which are emphasized by the large reflecting pools in the forecourt. Inside, the entrance opens into a big lobby built around an outdoor courtyard, fully enclosed by etched glass walls that both pattern the sky (steely white today) and drench the interior with light. Farzana took us up to the second floor where the special exhibits are, and we became mesmerized by url= Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound. Music had been composed to conv... read more
Flying Carpet 1963 by Farhad Moshiri
Your Way Begins on the Other Side edited
Your Way Begins on the Other Side 2014 by Aisha Khalid

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 25th 2017

Today was oddly interesting, although several times we were lost in Ontario lake country. We left about 10:30 in heavy rain, consoling ourselves that we were only on the 401 Highway anyway. As we drove north through light industrial commerce, the rain lightened and gradually the view was of farms in their light green spring hues. We were successful in navigating around Peterboroughwithout going through the centre. The tree-lined fields gave a pleasant soft look to the countryside. With lighter rain we could see successive hills into the photogenic distance. At the town of Lakefield we actually took all the correct turns in spite of road names that did not correspond to the map and Water Street transforming into George Street that transformed into Lakefield Road. Fiel... read more
Interpretive displays informed me about Ojibwe.
Wood in spring
Canadian Shield

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 22nd 2017

Na een wat turbulente periode was het tijd voor een nieuw avontuur. Dit keer zou het Noord-Amerika worden, aankomst in Toronto en terrugkeren vanuit Vancouver. Wat er tussenin gebeurd is me nog een raadsel. Fietsmaat Dan zet me af in Zaventem en na 2 relatief vlotte vluchten met een tussenstop op Ijsland, kom ik aan In Toronto. De immigratie en bagageclaim gaat vlot en voor ik het weet sta ik buiten. Ik moet nog even wachten op men Warmshowershost Chris die me komt ophalen. Die heet me hartelijk welkom en vervolgens rijden we naar hem thuis, vlakbij de luchthaven. Ik kruip snel in bed om me snel aan te passen aan het nieuwe dag/nachtritme. De dag erna zet Chris met af aan een naburig winkelcentrum zodat ik wat essentials kan shoppen. Ik ga op zoek naar ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto April 14th 2017

I sit in an intimate and elaborately outfitted internet bar/cafe in Pearson Airport with about 1000 others. The din of conversations is punctuated by glasses clinking and cutlery scraping plates. Someone is munching on potato chips neraby enough that the crunch is palpable. While not as packed as it was in December when I was on my way through to Paris, it is busy enough with some groovy alternative tunes, and I am reminded that living in the north means places with almost the population of my town make me feel frazzled and unsettled. Too much noise and much invasion of my space. My lack of sleep over the past two nights is catching up with me. That is actually okay because I need to sleep on the plane. I really, really need to sleep. Looking ... read more
The Happy Travellers

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto March 28th 2017

Geo: 43.6485, -79.385414 hour flight. Arrives 2 hours after departure... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto March 24th 2017

Geo: 43.6485, -79.3854Thursday 24th Back in Toronto and felt a bit warmer. After Montréal, Toronto seems so much more familiar. We're staying at the University Club of Toronto, which is very welcoming and comfortable. We didn't do a lot this afternoon; we walked around, ate cheesecake and rested before dinner. We were a bit tired. Who knew sitting on the train for 5 hours could be soooo tiring.We had Korean food for dinner, at the same place Alan went to last time. It's still here 5 years on, so it must be doing something right. Friday 25thThe weather forecast for today was rain, rain, rain. But luckily we didn't feel a drop. After a wonderful breakfast in the Club we walked up University Avenue to the Legislature of the Province of Ontario, a very imposing edifice ... read more
Back to Toronto
Ontario Legislature  Chamber
Two vases

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto March 17th 2017

Sent a post earlier today. Presuming "it must be reviewed before posted" I cannot imagine why it has not been posted. 😨... read more

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