TORONTO DAY 3

DAY 3| 29th MAY 2016

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO:
We started off the day visiting the University of Toronto. I remember I used to hate visiting famous universities; in 2014 I visited Boston and the last thing I wanted to do was explore Harvard and MIT. My parents, relatives, friends and basically everyone in the world told me to buy a Harvard cap/t-shirt/souvenir and I was like “WHY???? I DON’T CARE ABOUT HARVARD”. 2 years later, I’m visiting famous universities in every city I go to.

IMG_1452We didn’t have time to explore the entire campus + a lot of buildings were dispersed in other areas so we sat on the grass, read our book (standard) and then headed to Casa Loma.

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THE MASONIC TEMPLE:
On the way to Casa Loma, we stopped by a few open buildings. Toronto had this “open buildings tour” over the weekend where many famous and historic buildings all over Toronto were open for the public to visit. We asked a volunteer for any recommendations as to where to go and he mentioned the Masonic Temple. I had no idea who the Masons were, but after googling it turns out the Masons;
1) are like a modern version of the Illuminati
2) they may or may not control the world
3) are basically a frat for adults (no women allowed)
5) are all over the world
6) there are sub organisations within the Masons
7) collectively agree that there is one God
Overall, it was rather intriguing so Jessie and I decided to pay the Masonic Temple a visit.

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As usual, we got sidetracked on the way there (we went to Sephora and MAC…AGAIN) and ended up going inside at exactly 4:30. (Doors close at 4:30- YOLO life).

So the Masons occupied the building since its construction in 1916; MTV took over in 2006 and is now occupied by InfoTech.

CASA LOMA:
Our final stop for the day was at Casa Loma – A FREAKING CASTLE IN TORONTO.

Well…not really. It looks like a castle but it was simply the home of a financier – Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in the early 1900’s.

Casa Loma was used as the filming location for quite a number of famous films/TV Shows; X-men, The Mortal Instruments, Hemlock Grove and I only just found out today that it was   the location for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 where the castle itself was apparently “transformed into Hogwarts”.

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TORONTO DAY 2

DAY 2| 28th MAY 2016


NIAGARA FALLS//

My alarm went off at 7:30 today and we arrived downstairs for breakfast at 8:30. Our bus to Niagara Falls (which we booked the night before) was at 9:30, and thankfully we learnt our lesson from the day before so we started walking to the station before 9 and arrived with plenty of time to spare.

As usual, I was passed out on the bus. I’m starting to fear sleeping on the bus because apparently I snore HAHAHHA. Two old ladies sat across from me and as I stood up to get off the bus, one asked me “how was your nap, dear”. Jesus, I’m thinking of buying and wearing a surgical mask over my mouth when I nap on the bus now!
The walk to the waterfall was around 20 minutes from the bus stop. We bought tickets online for the Hornblower Cruise, where we board the cruise and the cruise sails to the waterfall and we basically get to see/experience/get splashed by the waterfall up close.
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We were given pink ponchos – which brought back good old memories from my high school days (my high school uniform was pink, and the two summer uniforms were different shades of pink) – but even the ponchos couldn’t protect us from the water! We literally got splashed left, right and centre and I couldn’t take decent photos because my poor phone was going to drown 😦 Here’s a before and after photo;
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Overall, I definitely had heaaaaps of fun!!! Might not come back anytime in the near future but YAY for ticketing one item off my bucket list!!!
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FOOOOOOD//
Since our bus back to downtown Toronto was at 3, we had 2 hours to chill. We bought hot dogs for $6.50 – Jesus Christ, it’s 2.5 times the price for a normal hotdog.
For dinner, we had Taiwanese food at Tea Shop 168. The beef noodles tasted authentic and YAY for bubble tea!! Too bad they didn’t accept credit cards though, and since I didn’t bring my wallet (only brought my ID and credit card), I had to run to RBC and withdraw money.
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BASEBALL GAME//
Jessie and I bought baseball tickets the night before. The conversation went like this:
Jessie: LET’S WATCH A BASEBALL GAME
Me: You don’t even like baseball/sports
Jessie: But we’re in Toronto, do it for the experience!!!!!!!
Me: #JesusJessie
*walked in to a Blue Jays store that sold tickets*
*asked the girl at the counter for the cheapest tickets for the next few days*
May 29th (ideal time) – $80+
May 28th – $50+
May 27th – $29+
Me: Let’s watch on the 27th? (7pm –
Perfect time)
Jessie: NOOOOO. THE BASKETBALL GAME IS ON THE 27TH
Me: MATE YOU DONT EVEN LIKE/WATCH BASKETBALL
Jessie: YEAH BUT THE RAPTORS ARE PLAYING
Me: WTF YOU DON’T KNOW JACK ABOUT THE RAPTORS.
Jessie: NAH I DO. THEY’RE TORONTO’S TEAM AND CANADA’S BEST TEAM
Me: YOU HAD A 2 MINUTE CONVERSATION WITH ANUBHAV YESTERDAY AND NOW YOU’RE THE RAPTOR’S BIGGEST FAN??
Jessie: I JUST WANA WATCH IT FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND ATMOSPHERE!
Me: #Jesusjessie
In the end we decided to watch the baseball game on the 27th, leave at 10pm and go to a bar and watch the last hour of the basketball game.
So, we uber’ed to the stadium. Turns out, uber drivers don’t like driving ubers, but it’s safer for female uber drivers because they know who they’re picking up etc. But it’s so convenient, cheap and fast for us students soooo THANK YOU UBER ❤
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The Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox was surprisingly an extremely interesting game! (This is coming from someone who hates watching sports except tennis) My expectations were insanely low at the start since the last two sports games I watched, I almost fell asleep (a youth ice hockey game and the UBC Basketball game). HOWEVER, THE GAME WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS!!!! I think maybe the fact that I knew the rules of the game made it easier for me to follow and it was easier to track what was happening on the field compared to ice hockey/basketball where everyone’s literally running back and forth at the same time or they’re clustered in one area.
My thoughts/highlights of the game:
– The guys all have jock names Hahaha. Like, I can’t imagine a baseball player with the name Benedict or Theodore etc LOL
– Jesus, everyone’s good at catching
– JOSH DONALDSON is fucking good at batting. He hit 2 home runs!
– Felt bad for the Red Sox ’cause 99% of the stadium cheered for the Blue Jays and booed at the Red Sox team.
– A guy/fan appeared out of nowhere during the game and streaked across the field in his boxers. At least 3 security guards chased him but couldn’t catch him ’cause he dodged them easily, before he was eventually pinned down by two new security guards!
DAMN SON, YOU DID WELL
– The BLUE JAYS WONNNNN
– 100% would watch again
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BASKETBALL//
After the game, we walked down a billion streets trying to find a bar to watch the basketball game.  We wanted to go to a dodgy bar with a very patriotic, very loud atmosphere AHHA but the bars were either full or too fancy for us (we were walking near the financial district). In the end we bought ice cream and found a small bar near our hostel.
We ordered a beer each and expected to drink and watch the game, like local Toronto’ers.
But….
After 1 sip, THE FUCKING GAME ENDED.
I was like WTFFFFFFF. I paid $6 for a beer I could’ve bought for $2 and now I was stuck inside the bar and there was nothing to do.
So Jessie and I talked….
And talked….
And talked….
Until we finally finished our beers. And because I was drinking on an empty stomach, I could’ve gone clubbing after one more beer HAHAHAHA
But no, we didn’t go clubbing.
We decided to be boring, responsible adults and walked back to the hostel . (JSKJSK AHAH)
All in all, a veryyyyyyy good day!!

TORONTO DAY 1

DAY 1|27th MAY 2016

MONTREAL//
Jessie and I woke up bright and early on Thursday afternoon to board our 7:30am bus from Montreal to Toronto. Saying goodbye is always difficult, but knowing I’d see Anubhav in Sydney in a few months made it a tiny bit easier 🙂

We took an uber to the Megabus station (freeeee ride ’cause I signed up the day before!) and since Jessie and I are all about the YOLO life we left the house at 7:19am.

Sooo yes, we were late for our bus.

The uber driver knew and since he couldn’t turn into the bus station because it was a one way street, and dropping us further up the road would delay us even more, he stopped at the lights and dropped us off in the middle of the road.

So we got out.

And I almost got run over by a car.

Not even kidding. I grabbed my bags and got out of the car and in 1 second, I processed that Jessie was already on the sidewalk with her bags and the light turned green already so the uber driver needed to head off which meant I needed to run to the sidewalk. In the next second I turned right, and a blue car was speeding down, saw me, honked and slammed on the brakes.

Ooooops.

Anyway, we ran for the bus and made it at 7:31! WOOHOOO

HOSTEL //
We checked into Neill-Wycik Backpackers Hostel which is right across from Ryerson University. Our rooms were on the 20th floor (Hehehee great views from our windows!!) and surprisingly, instead of 6 bunk beds in one room (which was what I expected from hostels), we had our own rooms. It was like Walter Gage at UBC, one apartment with 6 individual rooms, one common area, toilet and shower. We realised this was probably a dorm for Ryerson students during the semester.

Unfortunately, there was no wifi in our rooms 😦 We had to either go to the cafe on the ground floor to find wifi or go up to the 22nd floor lounge.There’s also a roof top above the 22nd floor; Jessie and I went at midnight and the view of Toronto is simple magical 😍

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FOOD //
Tim Hortons – As usual, I bought myself a Nutella cookie and an ice coffee. I’m not sure how much longer the Nutella promotion will go on for so I’m taking advantage of its availability while it lasts 😀

Kimchi House– For dinner, we had Korean food! I ordered a Kimchi stew (as usual) and it was so spicy that I started to fear my tolerance for spicy food has diminished over the last month 😦 The side dishes were THE BOMB. I’m not exaggerating when I say Kimchi House had the best side dishes ever. Usually side dishes complement my dinner, but I liked the side dishes more than my food!

ACTIVITIES//
Jessie and I met up with Marcus after we checked in. Since it was raining we decided to go “shopping” (read: window shopping/putting on make up at Sephora). We stayed in Sephora for ageeees (standard).

I’m still debating whether to purchase the Make Up Forever’s Pro Sculpting Lip Pen and/or Nudstix’s Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil and/or MAC’s Hot Tahiti. Even with taxes and Australia’s weakening currency, It’s still cheaper here compared to Sydney. (AUD25ish compared to AUD36), but I’ve promised myself not to buy anything unnecessary so I probably won’t buy it 😦 The only “unnecessary” things I’m allowing myself to purchase is coffee and the occasional snack/ ice cream 🙂

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We walked through the financial district, the Toronto equivalent of Sydney’s CBD. I felt like the black sheep walking along the street as I was wearing a very casual white v neck t-shirt and baggy boyfriend jeans (ripped I might add) while everyone around me were neat and smart in their suits, ties and corporate outfits. The financial district felt bigger than Sydney’s, and the buildings were strikingly better looking. Just look at the architecture of these buildings!!!IMG_1296

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As per usual, Jessie and I wanted to see the sunset and after minutes of googling, we decided to go to Riverdale Park to see Toronto’s skyline. Apparently, Riverdale Park is one of the best places to watch sunset in Toronto, but we were a little confused as to the actual location because there were different entrances to the park. (East and West). We ended up walking for over an hour, and after crossing a bridge we saw the tip of the buildings but overall, it was quite disappointing.

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