Blogging Abroad

I’m at the airport in Ottawa, about to depart on the longest, farthest trip from home I have ever experienced! The exciting part is seeing a couple of small pockets of the Earth that promise to be very, very diffent from what I know. The downside… I won’t have Internet at my fingertips the whole time. I may have access while in Japan, but in Nepal, I wouldn’t expect anythin mgore than intermittent access, and certainly no access when I get out into the village side.

to make quick, easy posts in one easy-to-find locale, I set up http://bnjmnwood.tumblr.com. Here, I’ll post pictures and impressions when I can. I’ll probably blog here as well, just not nearly as often, and maybe not until I get back.

So yes, please keep an eye on Tumblr, which should also send tweets when I post to @bnjmnwood.

Also, iPad should stop autocorrecting Tumblr as “tumble”!

109 – Vancouver

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201011_12_17 - Hike Self-Portrait

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201011_12_33 - Ducks Relaxing

201011_12_44 - Reflection

201011_13_19 - German Friendship Globe

201011_14_05 - Wake

201011_15_22 - Haida

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More pictures here: Flickr Vancouver Set

Ignore the fact for a moment that I went to Vancouver in November and it’s now the following February. Time passes quickly, and everything you want to do always seems to get bypassed for all the things you have to do. That makes making the time for the important things in life that much more of a priority. It’s for this reason that I’m finally sitting down to write about my trip.

It’s also for this reason that I was extremely excited that my friend Cat invited me all the way to the other end of the country for a week mostly to hang out and see and do a bunch of the things that I’ve only heard about. Granville Island, Stanley Park, Cypress Mountain, ferry, Mickey’s cache, Skytrain.

Before this trip, the farthest West I had travelled was a weekend camping trip to Banff, on a month-long french program in Saskatoon (interestingly, where I met Cat to begin with). Travelling to both Saskatoon and Banff was all done by bus. Slow, but an awesome way to see a large swath of the country. Flying over the Rocky Mountains was a spectacular sight. Many of the peaks had just got snow, which really reinforces that snow-capped mountain stereotype. I was amazed that nobody in the plane was taking in such beauty.

The “Skytrain” I took went mostly underground. And I relinquished my seat for a little boy and his mother – the boy kept asking his mom what my luggage was. The plane in was so early that it left me with a fair amount of time to kill before Cat’s class ended. Thankfully, I had my trusty iPhone that directed me all over downtown. I managed to find streets and shops and bathrooms and, eventually, Cat’s campus, luggage in tow. How did people live without Google Maps in their pockets?

I have to say that Vancouver is stunning. I was expecting it to be nice, but wasn’t expecting to be blown away every time there was a mountain in the distance. The view of the city from the house makes me want to live closer to downtown (and at a higher elevation that really doesn’t exist here). One day, we did a geocaching-inspired coastal tour, and despite the overcast weather, I could barely take it all in, there’s so much to see! I’ve always had a hard time grasping the idea that people can make homes out of trees, but that was made easier by the massiveness of some of the trees (and stumps) at Lynn Canyon, where yes, I did stand on a suspension bridge perilously high above rock and water. I was in a parade, saw an Olympic cauldron, celebrated a birthday, went to the original Old Spaghetti Factory (closest one is in Toronto, they have good lasagna), learned boardgames, and even made it to Victoria (the ferry at Swartz Bay is now officially the most West I’ve been).

Every time I’ve goon anywhere, I’ve been blessed with amazing hosts. Cat’s family and friends raised that bar. I ate incredibly well (had Yorkshire pudding for the first time. It was great, even the day after despite warnings from the locals), was taken care of being on the verge of being sick, and putting up with my tiredness that kicked in surprisingly early. And wine. And putting a whole wagon wheel in my mouth. And my kidnapping a blanket by mistake.

The six days blew by so incredibly fast – you think “six days? I can do everything!” It doesn’t work that way. I would have loved to find time to meet up with a couple of friends I made in high school that live out there, or sneak into Bridge Studios and steal a glimpse of a stargate (we did drive by though!), or run into 3 famous people, or see the former Olympic Village, or find whales… Six weeks might have made most of that possible. But for the six days that were, I had an incredible time and my senses were overwhelmed and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

081 – Disney Day Four

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On the first night, we checked out Downtown Disney, but only really went into a place to eat. Today, our first down day, we decided to take to the shops and, in a nutshell, spend a ridiculous amount of money. The stores here are crazy awesome! The World of Disney Store, the biggest character store in the world, is easily 20x the size of my store at home. If not more. And despite the heavy traffic, it was still very organized and neat looking. Imagine how many hours they get! And the stitch outside likes to spit on people. Not surprising…

Also, our store has been starting to get products made of recycled materials, reusable bags, organic cotton shirts, and the like. The same lines of product are here too. With cooler designs!

The candy store is amazing as well. I couldn’t decide what to get because I wanted it all. Disney gummies are seriously the best ones I’ve had ever. If there are any pockets of space in my luggage (ha!), then I’m filling it with candy.

Another amazing store is the Holiday store – all Christmas 365 days a year. Unfortunately I dont’ want to bring back anything breakable, so everything stayed there. But it’s pretty cool. You could get a monorail set for the tree, instead of the more traditional train set. But It doesn’t say “Por Favor Manténgase Alejado de las Puertas” (the monorail says to stand clear of the doors in english and spanish). If it did, I would seriously ship one home.

We had also checked out the Boardwalk, but sillily did so in the morning when it’s pretty dead. Will have to scope out later at night – Jellyrolls, amirite?

I think this was also a swimming day. I can’t remember, but I’m starting to get used to pools.

AND PINS. Stupid Pin Store.

080 – Disney Day Three

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After a long day at Magic Kingdom, Cat and I took a trip to EPCOT. You know, the park with the big expo-style ball? By the time the park closed, we had only really done the first half of it, doing Futureworld and just barely visiting the Canada part of the world showcase. We’re going to have to go again.

Spaceship Earth was perhaps my favourite thing at Epcot. Inside the huge ball, there’s an attraction that goes through the story of communication, from cave wall paintings to Matrix-style letters falling on the ceiling. And stars. And matrices of lights that look like they go on forever. We did it twice! My close-second fave attraction: Mission Space. Wow. Have you ever been to Mars? I went twice! Thanks, Gary Sinise! The simulated G-Forces were off the huzzle (bonus points if you just laughed there). Test Track was also amazing. It’s accelerating in a car, round and round, dodging obstacles – basically human crash test dummies. It’s a roller coaster that doesn’t feel like a roller coaster, which is alright in my books!

I made my own paper, recycled lots, and got stuck in an ill-prepared house during a severe weather storm. The 3-D shows are tricky with their water and air effects.

NEMO! The Seas was actually a little disappointing, because there wasn’t much to it, and it’s nowhere near as exciting as the other shows at the Magic Kingdom. talking with Crush was was funnier than Mike’s Laugh Floor, if only because kids ask the weirdest questions.

“how do you talk?”
“uh, with my mouth!”
“the turtles I know don’t talk!”
“*blank stare* strange, all the turtles I know talk, dude!”

That one’s probably very different each time.

“How do you swim?”
“uuh, in water, dudette! If I swam in the air, then I’d be flying!”

That one was funnier because one girl mentionned that she flew to Disney in a plane. Crush’s rection? Priceless.

Soarin’ is a hand-gliding flight over California. It was pretty exciting, and very convincing, but it would be better if it had seamless transitions though, lighting and locales change gradually. Honey I Shrunk the Audience was another 3D show. I thought it took too long to get to the good stuff, but it reminded me of how fun that universe is. Also the mice got me good!

And then the day was over. The Canada restaurant was reserved for a celebration of some sort of anniversary. And there’s no Tim Horton’s either. Seems like a missed opportunity!

And yes, there was more pin trading. And pin buying. I think I’m addicted.

079 – Disney Day Two

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Magic Kingdom

WOW.

Magic Kingdom is huge! The whole thing started off walking down Main Street USA from which you get a fantastic view of the iconic Cinderella’s Castle. And from there, it just kept getting better and better. We somehow managed to see a lot of it… not quite everything, but a whole lot. The park wasn’t that busy, so, in combination with Fastpasses, we didn’t have to do a whole lot of waiting. I wanted to see everything – soak up every detail and become part of it. This being my first real theme park experience makes it even moreso overwhlming. The little details are what makes Disney so spectacular, and Magic Kingdom is no exception to that rule.

Adventureland

If you’re going clockwise, Adventureland is the first main area. The Jungle Cruise was neat – animatronics is a big part of this place, and this is my first glimpse at this dying style of storytelling. The Tiki Room was a bit confusing because I wasn’t paying attention to the story as much as I was admiring the detail of the room, but Iago did a great spin on the Friend Like Me song. The pirates show a great show too – tons of detail.

Frontierland

Here’s where all the excitement is! Here, we made good use of Fastpasses and did two rides while waiting in line for one. First up was Splash Mountain. Now, if you know me, I’m not one for water – showering is as wet as i usually get, and not one for rollercoasters – I need to be dragged kicking and screaming on even the simplest SuperEx rollercoaster (ok, not the simplest. I’ll do the kiddie one no problem). And here I am, in line for a water rollercoaster that drops 16m (50+ feet, about 5 stories)… with a character theme that I don’t even know! But with much anxiety and some arm twisting from Cat, I go. And it wasn’t bad! It was good preparation for the next ride.

Big Thunder Railroad. I was scared until I actually did it. After that, I wouldn’t have minded going again. Maybe roller coasters are meant for more than computer sim games?

Liberty Square

There isn’t much here unless you’re big on US presidents. And Haunted Mansions. Haunter Mansion was really clever. I was more impressed with some of the effects tahn the actual ride itself. They made a movie about this?

Fantasy Land

This area is the tamer part of town. It’s also where I experienced my first 3D show – Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Very clever. And silly Donald. The Dumbo elephants were nice as well – how come I could easily do these when I was younger, but am apprehansive about the heights now? Mad Tea Party was awesome. I love anything spinney. I can do spinney all day!

Mickey’s Toontown Fair

My first real character meeting! Cinderella. Belle. Sleeping Beauty. Minnie. MICKEY! The princesses were awesome. Part of what makes s them so great is watching them with kids. I threw out a couple of good questions, but to see what they say. I asked Cindy the question that has been plaguing me for over a year: why doesn’t her slipper disappear when the magic is reversed at Midnight? If you wanna know what she said, you’ll have to ask me. And meeting Mickey and Minnie was so totally awesome! Even though I’m a big Disney nut, these guys weren’t really on my radar, until this day. Now I can’t get enough of them! Fantastic! I also explored their houses.

Tomorrowland

This is the alst segment of the Magic Kingdom. Space Mountain was closed, but I did drive on the speedway. The car in front of me wasn’t too great on the road, so I went slower than I probably could have. This little girl overtook me half way through and was so excited! I tried to catch up, but couldn’t :(

The Buzz Lightyear Spin ride reminded me of laser tag with targets, and not other people. It built my excitement for Toy Story Mania. Stitch’s attraction was neat, but kinda disappointed. He burped once, fowl!

Pin Trading

Pin Trading is absolutely cool! I made one kid’s day by trading him my Bolt pin for sme random Pirates pin. Later that day, I ran into him and his brother again, and the brother traded me a cooler Pirates pin for his brother’s old one. I also made a woman’s day with my spinney Ursala pin. It was her first trade and was ecstatic! Trading with the Cast is easy, it’s with the guests where its more interesting. This one little girl came up to me and asked to see my pins. Her mother was surprised by this and quickly told her that I didn’t work at the park, which made her scared and run away. So, I went up to her and started talking, and showing her the pins I had, but she was too shy after the fact. Too adorable!

After getting back, we ended up watching some Nemo on the beach thanks to an inflatable screen they set up on some nights, and having smores around a campfire. Yes, my resort had an outdoor movie theatre and a campfire. Beach. Volleyball net. Hammocks. Hot tub. Pool. Even a nighttime light parade on the water!

078 – Disney Day One

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This was my frist trip on an airplane! The take-off was a bit tense-ifying, but once I realised it was a bit like a rollercoaster without the down bits, I didn’t mind at all. I also slept on the planes. Once I got to Washington DC, the first thing I noticed was pizza… at Subway? How crazy!

Then I got to the Orlando airport. It’s a whole other climate. Sweater? Really?! Unnecessary. Palm trees and conifers alike populate the roadways, and there are Disney signs everywhere… at least on the path of the Disney Express. Once I arrived, I went and lounged on the beach at the resort. Surprisngly, it wasn’t packed with people. A few kids here and there, and their parents, but plenty of room to sleep on hammocks and splash around (though I didn’t because I was waiting for my luggage to arrive. And Cat.

Once Cat arrived, we took the bus to Downtown Disney to buy Star Trek tickets. I HAVE STAR TREK TICKETS! Aterwards, we went to Planet Hollywood where there was a 40-minute wait for a table… but no wait for the bar. Smartly, we went and ate at a table at the bar. Even after not having eaten since lunch at Subway in DC, I couldn’t finish my burger. Not even close! I felt bad about it, but what can you do!

For those who work at Disney with me, I got my ID! After all that waiting and panicing. And you truly notice the Disney Difference here, from the moment you land at the airport. There is no comparison between the United people at the airport, and the even the Disney Express people at the Orlando airport. Night and day. I’ve been greeted with smiles and “what can I do for you” at every turn, and everyone has been so helpful. So far! I talked at length with one CM about Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus and all the other Disney Tween peeps. I couldn’t do that anywhere else, haha!

Anyway, it’s time to shower and head out to the Magic Kingdom. My camera is gonna die!

009 – Home

Last Tuesday started early. Incredibly early. But I used Mississauga Transit and Go Transit all by my lonesome to make it to downtown Toronto to catch my train. I had only seen the GO Transit side of the Union Station, and was disappointed that it wasn’t all international train station-style… but the I walked into the actual station in slight awe.

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Union Station is really pretty. I love all the little details all over the place. I was only disappointed that the lighting within was a bit hard to work with – plus my only battery had started to flash red.

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I was early enough that I could walk around and take a few more pictures – luckily my battery survived. There was some construction happening outside, which really sucked. Plus I didn’t want to go too far with my heavy bag.

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I just noticed in this picture that there’s a sign to Toronto City Hall. Had I known, I would have went to check it out – one of two landmarks I’ve seen before (the other being the Chum building). Walking around the block got boring, so I went back to the station to wait.

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Between the Air Canada Centre and Union Station were these random smiling rainclouds. Unfortunately the wall on which they were doesn’t get rained on, it smelled a little yellow.

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The Etch-A-Sketch came in handy.

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The train itself was awesome! Fast, smooth, legroom, purchasable food and drink… what else could you ask for? I was the closest to the back of the train, so I was instructed on how to open the door and to break the windows in the event of an emergency. I slept for half of the trip anyway! Fortunately, there was no need to put my new skills to the test.

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For 4 hours later, I made it home. Ottawa. I didn’t go all the way to the Ottawa train station though, because I can get home faster from the station in Barrhaven. But someday, I have to go to the Ottawa station if only to check it out!

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008 – Lunch and a Lake

Previously on Ben’s Blog: Ben was stuck in Toronto, so he did his best to have fun, including a slumber party at Janet’s. Janet lives high up. People look smaller than ants from that high.

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After waking up, the lot of us eventually made it down to a restaurant for lunch. Along the way, there was this mascot-girl advertising soup or something tasty, so we sampled.

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The place we ended up is called Soban, it’s in Koreatown (supposedly). The place was very clean and simple, very Asian. Every table is equipped with a doorbell-like ringer that you use when you’re ready to order, of if you need the waiters. I thought that was pretty cool.

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While deciding what to order, Janet started taking pictures with my camera. Then Prashanta pressed the doorbell-like button and the waitress came, so we hurried up and ordered.

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Shortly after we ordered, the waitress brought us appetizers. Free appetizers. It was a nice collection of potatoes, cabbage, noodley things, and tofu. I didn’t eat the tofu.

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I ordered a barbecue chicken dish. It came surprisingly quickly! Alex thought it was his, and I got his, but I didn’t order beef. We switched. The food was really good. And it was better with chopsticks. When I use chopsticks, I find that I get lazy with them over time. So towards the end, I had to concentrate more!

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After lunch, Prashanta and I left Janet and Alex. We headed back to Union Station so that we could go back to Brampton and rest. I was disappointed that the station didn’t look all international-style… at least not what I saw. I just had to take a picture of the TD building because it’s so cool.

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Then we went home. The End. Until Tomorrow.

Tomorrow came. We decided to go into Mississauga to see lake Ontario and the Square One mall. It’s one of the largest malls in Canada.

We went to a place called Port Credit, an area either within Mississauga that borders lake Ontario. Since I don’t live near a major body of water, it’s always interesting to see nothing but water and sky. There is a gazebo from which people can look out.

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There’s a marina just to the right. It was packed with boats. In fact the horizon was littered with white sailboats doing their thing. Prashanta was tempted to go and find out if he can rent a boat, but we figured that it would be too expensive. Maybe he should ask the cell phone guy??

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We walked along these huge rocks that made up the pretty shoreline. Parts of them were covered in some slimey aquarian plant life. It was kinda of fun stuff, but I wouldn’t touch it at all.

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From where we started, we could see a man further down the shore by some trees. We walked and eventually got to where he was. Prashanta, being the talkative monkey that he is, struck up a conversation with him that included Afghanistan (where the man is from), languages, heart surgery, and the weather. He was drinking a tall beer, taking in the breeze. Sounds like a Sunday afternoon to me! Prashanta and I got him to take our picture. I should have taken his.

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After that, we made it to the Square One mall in Mississauga (on one transfer might I add). The mall felt like four Bayshore Shopping Centres (a fair-sized mall near where I live) squished together. It was large, but not very impressive. We spent too much time in this game store that sold boardgames and fun things like that and in a bookstore (looking at Harry Potter and a huge photobook of Toronto).

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Before leaving, we went to the bathroom and whatnot. Prashanta tool longer, so I waited outside and started fooling around with this curved mirror. I love curved mirrors. This little girl, walking out of the bathroom with her mother (I imagine), she stopped, tilted her head, and curved her body, “what’s he doing?” she asked curiously. He mom told her to keep going, and I think the little girl might have said to her mom that I was the strangest person.

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That brings us to the last leg of our outing – and the second-last attraction I’ll see before leaving: Playdium. Playdium is one of the largest, if not the largest arcade in Canada, and this location is the only one left. How could I say ‘no’ to an arcade??

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Inside was like a paradise. Except for four things: there’s no Mario Kart GP, no F-Zero AX, no Taiko Drum Master, and no classic gaming area. I would totally play the original Pac-Man or Donkey Kong or Space Invaders… the early arcade stuff. Kids these days need to appreciate what came before House of the Dead and Time Crisis. A large portion of the games involved shooting and racing, not even fantasy, unrealistic racing which was sad. But they did have really awesome mushroom-like lights.

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While I had a good go at the arcades (and realised just how much I suck at Dance Dance Revolution) Prashanta leaned toward the carnival section, where you could get tickets and redeem them for prizes. But our tastes in Playdium met at the air hockey tables. I’m really not too good at that game, but it’s fun!

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Once all was said and done, it was time to head home. Well, to Brampton. It was a long day, but really fun! And the next day (Monday.. I’m slightly behind in this blogging business), it’s time to head back to Ottawa…

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007 – Ohayo, Toronto!

One of the most satisfying moments in life when visiting others is finding out that they have the same shampoo that you use back home. One of the saddest moments that follows is the realisation that the bottle of shampoo is effectively empty.

I would describe Saturday as a pretty awesome day. It’s the day that Ben took on the city of Toronto. Only before I could take on T-Dot, I had to warm up at a picnic event going on in the Brampton side of things. There was badminton and barbecue – but the barbecue was really strange. We thought that it was for lunch, but turns out that they were planning to have it much later… there was a lunch, but the main awesomeness that is chicken – was to be served after Prashanta and I were to leave.

There was badminton, egg relay races, and other fun kinds of activities.

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Prashanta was climbing trees like a monkey. He’s pretty monkey-like.

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Finally, the time ticked down, and it was time to go to the big city. It was interesting to get a ticket into the city. While waiting for the bus, we met a couple from Wisconsin. They were really fun.

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After a bus ride (coach-style), Prashanta and I made it to Union Station where we met the wonderful and illustrious Janet! I couldn’t believe it’s been over a year since we last saw each other. We took a walk down to the Lakeshore and coped it out. Throughout the whole day, we must have seen half a dozen saxophonists all over the city.

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JANET!

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Janet toured us around some cool places, places we should see, places I wanted to see, just wandering. I told myself I wouldn’t take too many pictures of the CN tower, but I failed at that. This one is my favourite, I think.

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Then, disaster struck. We made it up to the Eaton Centre because Prashanta needed to buy minutes for his cell phone. As we were leaving the phone store, a salesman asks Prashanta, “how much do you spend a month on your phone?” Janet and I waited by the entrance (and even explored other stores) because we thought he wouldn’t be long. I went in to grab him and discovered that the salesman had him considering a contract plan. It was shocking that he would even be considering such a pitch, let alone falling for it. After almost saying ‘yes’ (the salesman had his ID) and then saying ‘no actually…’ the salesman sweetened the pot and Prashanta couldn’t resist.

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After what felt like an hour of waiting…

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Prashanta got a new phone. Bye bye Virgin, hello Chocolate! The salesman (centre) and his manager (left) were happy. The store was also closing when we left!

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Without much to do in the mall (we had actually only stopped there to get Virgin cell phone minutes), Janet, Prashanta, and I were ready to keep going on our adventure. Only the long delay meant that Janet’s boyfriend Alex would meet us at the mall instead of somewhere else. I must say that compared to the Rideau Centre (central downtown mall in Ottawa), it’s Toronto counterpart has a much larger and vibrant big city vibe. Maybe it’s the big billboard screens.

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The four of us wandered the city. We snuck through Chinatown and ended up on the University of Toronto campus. And it was getting late. We stopped at a building and ate courtesy of Alex (he brought us all pita wraps!!) before heading to Janet’s. From the field on campus, you can see the CN Tower. It was all lit up, though not blinking seizurely like it was built up to be (Prashanta is a liar). But it looked pretty cool, so I tried my best to get a picture without a tripod.

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Just as we were leaving campus, Prashanta found this building that he’s been going on about (and we thought he was crazy, which isn’t that uncommon of a thing to think). “A building with trees in it!” Turns out there was such a building, the Centre for Cell and Biomolecular Research.

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We somehow managed to get inside the building at that late an hour and hung out for a bit with some bamboo. There’s a great picture of all of us in the bamboo jungle, but I didn’t upload it for whatever reason! I guess you’ll have to check out facebook whenever I upload to there.

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No trip to Toronto would be complete with a group of police officers standing around.

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We had finally made it to our pre-destination! Which is actually where the nonsense began – Eaton Centre! The area was so vibrant and bright for the night time, so we checked out a bit of the scene before proceeding to the subway.

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No trip to Toronto would be complete without a ride on the subway. The TTC should thank me for easing its debt disaster.

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We made it to Janet’s apartment! She has a neat view of action from her high up balcony. The four of us, and for a while a 5th friend Bing, just told stories and jokes and ate and drank… it was an amazing fun night. We tried calling a friend from Vancouver, but she was too much in need to sleep to get into our antics. So we let her sleep. The tiredness eventually set in for us, so we slept.

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