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  • Day44

    Family Time

    August 11, 2017 in Canada

    Today was my last day in Toronto with my lovely Canadian cousins. I took advantage of the opportunity to have a super lazy day and repack all my things ready for Niagara tomorrow. When I finally surfaced downstairs Demetri and I spent a good hour or more tinkering on his very nice Yamaha piano. We were both marvelling at each other's skills. I was very envious of his gift to learn and play ragtime music by ear as well as his composition skills. He meanwhile was envious of my sight reading skills. I've always said that in music you are either naturally talented or 'musically educated'. Being the latter I've always been saddened by the fact that I can't simply approach a piano cold and sit down and play something. I need music in front of me and some time to practise. Still, I'm very grateful for my skills and enjoy playing nonetheless. Demetri on the other hand is naturally talented and I hope he continues to utilise that talent and share his music with others.

    I spent a fair amount of time with both my younger cousins that afternoon. Mostly we attempted to take the cat into liking me. We failed but the efforts by the boys were appreciated.

    Around mid-afternoon Monica, Steve and I wandered down to The Damforth which is the Greek area of the neighbourhood in which a large food festival was about to get underway. We indulged in multiple Greek delicacies - my favourite being funnel cake which was topped with ice cream, oreo crumbs and chocolate sauce (see picture). Needless to say I struggled to eat it all!

    Once our appetites were satisfied and we were not too full to still walk to the subway we took the train to the CN Tower.

    Having done the CN Tower in 2000, I hadn't originally intended to visit again. However on discussion with Steve and Monica one night it was agreed I couldn't come to Toronto and not go up it and so Steve kindly booked us all tickets. We arrived just before sunset so we could enjoy the views in both daylight and darkness. We were suddenly engulfed by a number of thunder storms which made the visit all the more exciting! I stood on the famous elephant glass once again and enjoyed watching the lightning strikes across the city.

    After scaling the CN Tower, we walked to City Hall where the illuminated Toronto sign proudly stands. Steve was very good in humouring my artsy photographic attempts (results below). From there we walked back to the subway via the Eaton Centre where a wonderful hanging sculpture of flying geese is suspended from the glass ceiling.

    On our return I shared some of my photos from the days in Toronto with the boys and headed up to bed ready for an earlier start the next day. I would be very sad to leave this warm family home.
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  • Day2

    Blue Jays Game!

    August 25 in Canada

    In the evening, I took a walk to the Rogers Centre to watch Toronto Blue Jays against Philadelphia Phillies. Great atmosphere (and beer). After the game I walked down to the Harbour Front, past old train carriages an on to Lake Ontario. Then I got a Beaver Tail - apparently a Canadian must-have.

  • Day10

    Toronto Downtown

    May 18 in Canada

    Zeit für ein Update:
    Wir haben das Wochende gut versorgt im Haus von Kevin verbracht. Er wohnt noch ein bisschen näher an Toronto als Sarahs Verwandten. Außerdem hat er eine lange Zeit selbst in der großen Stadt am Ontario Lake gelebt und kennt sich sehr gut aus.
    Am Freitag haben wir die Stadt auf eigene Faust erkundet. Die Skyline, die riesigen Gebäude, die Menschenmassen und der Verkehr sind auf den ersten Blick sehr beeindruckend aber nach ner gewissen Zeit auch ziemlich erschlagend. Besonders gut hat uns der Kensingtonmarkt gefallen, ein sehr belebtes Multikultiviertel, in dem ziemlich viele Nationen vertreten sind und ihre Spezialitäten anbieten. Außerdem gibt es dort viele kleine Läden mit Klamotten und Flohmarktzeugs. Kulinarisches Highlight war ein wirklich sehr leckerer Taco 🙆‍♂️ Auf den CN-Tower, das höchste freistehende Gebäude in Kanada, haben wir es leider noch nicht geschafft. Für Sarah war "das Wetter" noch nicht gut genug🙄 Gestern haben wir uns dann nochmal von Kevin durch die Stadt führen lassen. Dabei war unser persönliches Highligt der DestilleryDistrict, ein altes Fabrikgelände, in dem früher Whiskey hergestellt wurde. Heute befinden sich dort viele kleine nette Läden, Cafe's und eine sehr coole Brauerei, inkl. Bierverköstigung😎👌 Danach gabs noch ne persönliche Stadtrundfahrt bei Nacht. Dabei hat uns vor allem das Uni-Gelände beeindruckt.
    Ein wirklich sehr cooles Wochenende in Toronto!
    Je nachdem wie das Wetter wird, gehts heute noch auf unseren ersten Campingtrip mit Janosh und seiner Freundin! Wir sind gespannt!
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  • Day2

    CN Tower

    September 9, 2017 in Canada

    Not far away from our hotel either: CN Tower. We expected long waiting queues, but it only took 25 minutes until we took the 58 seconds ride to the observation deck. Do I need to say that the view from this spot is absolutely amazing? 😃

  • Day37

    CN-Tower, Toronto

    October 20, 2017 in Canada

    Luckily I got a Toronto citypass from my colleagues and employees as a farewell present. Thanks a lot for this again! :)
    So I did all the touristic stuff while I spent one week in Toronto staying at my couchsurfer host's place again.
    The first day I checked out the Royal Museum and went to the CN-Tower (Canadian National Tower) just perfect before sunset. It got two observation decks, the main one is 342m and the new one (Sky Pod) 446,5m high. It has a glass floor deck, too.
    The view was just amazing up there! :)
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  • Day8

    Fan Expo Day 1

    August 30 in Canada

    This afternoon, Fan Expo Canada started - one of the biggest comic cons/pop culture events in North America. It’s held at a big convention center where it occupies quite a lot of space. Just walking between the two main buildings takes a while!

    Nevertheless, I spent a few hours walking the convention floor, browsing the many stalls and points of interest. It’s definitely one of the bigger cons I’ve attended.

    My first panel was focused on Power Rangers, featuring Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson. I’ve never actually watched the show, however I really like Amy’s work on other stuff which was my main reason for joining the panel. I also had a photo with her afterwards.

    Tomorrow will be the first full day of Fan Expo, where the highlight is an evening with the cast of Back to the Future! 😀
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  • Day9

    Fan Expo Day 2

    August 31 in Canada

    Another day of pop culture! I started with a panel featuring Robin Lord Taylor who plays The Penguin on the TV show, Gotham. I haven’t watched it for a while, but I like the whole Batman universe and have been meaning to get into this show. Robin was really great and he is so invested in the show and his character, which was cool to see. He mentioned they are currently about half-way shooting the final season, and he had been on the set just the day before arriving at the con.

    I also went to a panel with Karen Gillan whom I recently saw in the Jumanji remake where she was great. She’s also in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing a character in Guardians of the Galaxy and most recently in the latest Avengers movie, which is one of the highest grossing movies ever with over 2 billion dollars in earnings! She seemed very down to earth though and it was interesting to hear about her career. I got a photo op with her a short time after the panel.

    Another acress I got a photo with today is the amazing Evangeline Lilly. Best known as Kate on Lost, one of my fav shows. She was also in the new Ant Man film that I watched the other day. I also got an autograph from her, and a preview of a book she wrote recently. I look forward to her panel tomorrow!

    Speaking of panels, my second day at Fan Expo concluded with “An Evening with the cast of Back To The Future”. It featured the four main cast members: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Biff himself, Thomas F. Wilson. I’ve met all of them before but it’s the first time I’ve seen all of them together. I think it’s only the second time they have all reunited at a con (the first was a few weeks ago in Boston for a different Fan Expo). Anyway, the panel was great. I’ve always loved those movies so it’s quite special to sit a few feet from the cast members as they talk about their experiences working on them over 30 years ago. Especially Lea became emotional talking about the love and appreciation they get from fans all these years later.

    After the panel (which was a bit on the short side unfortunately), I had a very nice dinner at a local steak house.
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