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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 20th 2016

I woke up in the morning to the strong smell of weed, this was something I thought that I could smell throughout the night as well. Alex told me that he and Grant had purchased some the previous evening and that I should go and deliver this to him. I went up to Grant's room and he wanted nothing to do with it and tried to flush it down the toilet however, on the first attempt it came straight back up and he had to cover it in toilet paper for it to go down! It also turned out that Grant had paid another $15 to an uber taxi which had already been paid for, the taxi driver probably couldn't believe his luck! No-one really had much nice things to say about the club that they ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 19th 2016

It was quite an early start as we need to be at CN tower by 11 and it was another lengthy walk to get there, it was not a trip with public transport use it would appear! I must admit that I was quite nervous about doing the edgewalk now that the day had finally come; before that I had watched the videos and though it would be a breeze. I think everyone else was feeling the same way as well. On arrival the people running the edgewalk were great and helped everyone to feel a bit more at ease and nobody failed the breathalyzer test either! The guide who would be leading the walk was also great and he clearly loved his job and after doing it who wouldn't. The view of Toronto and the ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 11th 2016

A la recherche d'un autre moyen de transport que le bus, nous tentons notre chance sur Amigo Express, un site de covoiturage canadien. Nous faisons la connaissance de Jérémi avec qui nous faisons la route vers Toronto en mini-van un peu rouillé, spacieux et très confortable. Au fil des conversations avec Jérémi, nous nous apercevons très vite que nous sommes dans le même état d'esprit de voyage. Jérémi fait une pause dans ses études d'ingénieur pour un road-trip de 3 mois à travers le continent nord-américain et Amérique centrale. Personne n'a d'impératif, on décide de prendre notre temps et de faire une pause à Kingston. Petite ville balnéaire plutôt appréciée des retraités, des étudiants et surtout des écureuils (comme partout au Canada semblerait-il) ! On reprend la route et c'est naturellement que nous commençons à programmer ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 7th 2016

Geo: 43.7336, -79.3651Had a drive around Toronto's swanky suburbs this morning. The Bridal Path area with dozens of mansions on 1-2 acre lots was most impressive. Lunch with Eddie and a quick look around the city hall area, and then home for admin and cleanup.Damn, didn't make time for the CN Tower! We fly out early tomorrow for Boston.... read more
The "Suits" building
New City Hall

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 6th 2016

Geo: 43.775, -79.4119Again a relaxed start to the day and we walked from our hotel to Goat Island to view the falls from the American side.Then we drove across the northern Lewiston Bridge back into Canada and had a very pleasant drive around the smaller roads in the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. It was a warm and sunny day, lovely.... read more
Upstream Rapids
Terrapin Point
American Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 3rd 2016

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 30th 2016

Geo: 43.7258, -79.4521Another grey day so we drove to a large mall and enjoyed the variety of stores. Trap for travellers - in Canada the advertised price does not include the extra 13% for GST and Provincial taxes. Plus 15-20% hospitality tipping like in the US. Canadian $ is currently exactly on par with the AUD.Saw an unusual store for a shopping centre and sat in the new Tesla SUV, called the Model X. Terrific looking and outrageous performance: 0-100 in 3 seconds. It has a touch control screen about A3 sized! Priced from $95k with the top-of-the-line, fully optioned cost a hefty $200k. All for a limited range of 465 km and needing a specialised charging point.Drove around to the Kensington District just north of the CBD which is full of funky little stores all ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 29th 2016

Geo: 43.649, -79.3718After a bit of a slow start we ventured out into the windy, grey day. We caught the subway 30 minutes to Union Station, and enquired at the tourist desk. The enthusiastic helper directed us to the historic and interesting St Lawrence Market. This is a bit like Melbourne's Victoria Market, with food from many cultures. Then we walked on to the old Distillery District as the rain showers became heavier and more annoying. We caught a streetcar (tram) back to the city and then trained it to the Royal Ontario Museum. They were showcasing an exhibition by Dale Chihuly, an American glass sculptor - colourful and impressive.We plan to visit Toronto's CN Tower, completed in 1976 and the tallest free-standing structure in the world until topped by Dubai's Burj Khalifi in 2007. It ... read more
Interesting building decoration
Toronto streetscape
514 Streetcar

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 28th 2016

I left my heart on the slopes of Kilimanjaro When I first got home to Canada, I hit the ground running with way too many things going on. In the last 3 weeks: I had gone for a pedicure; been to two parties; had drinks with a friend who used to live in Tanzania; visited another friend and her new baby; went to New Jersey & New York for 5 days; had a meeting with someone from the bank; and helped my parents move out of the house we lived in for the last 15 years. Needless to say, it was hectic and I was on a high that prolonged the onset of my own reaction and realization to me being here and NOT in Tanzania. Now that the dust has settled, the reverse culture shock ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 28th 2016

Geo: 43.7751, -79.412Toronto airport (code YYZ?) is dated and does not have electronic immigration devices. We waited impatiently in a slow line while others whizzed past in other queues. It was quite warm and we did not even need the jackets that we were earlier worried would not be warm enough! Our home exchange partners are Peter and Penny Wilkins. Peter picked us up at about 9pm and drove us home, some 20 minutes north of the CBD. We had a chat and a wine then P&P left us here and they went to stay with their son.We learnt a bit more about Major League Baseball. The end of the 162-game regular season is nigh. The only Canadian team - the Toronto Blue Jays, are currently coming second to the Boston Red Sox who are easily ... read more

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