Right. I’ve been slacking on the blog front.
And not because I’ve been too busy; But because I think the time difference has finally caught up on me, and I have been tired!
I have spent the last 2 days meandering through the city as usual. I’ve calmed down on my tourist activities for now, because I figure the university exchange association will probably organize group trips to most of the places I am visiting once the semester begins any way.
And everything would be more fun in a group. . (I’m unsure if I’m lonely or just becoming introverted. .)
An excuse to finally catch the subway!
Which actually wasn’t that daunting..
And outside the castle was perfectly trimmed with a huge water fountain and the well manicured lawns and flower beds you’d expect from a couple who obviously didn’t deprive themselves of any detail.. and eventually ran themselves into bankruptcy..
All in all it was a massive 5 stories of lavish – ness, excluding the tower.. which was an additional 4 stories of small, winding stair cases and trapped heat.
And man, my legs are feeling it today – being a tourist is a good work out (I’ve actually walked one of the heals off my only pair of boots..).
And! While here, I happened upon my second movie set!
Which unfortunately meant this time round… I wasnt allowed into the beautiful conservatory of the castle. .
I also attended a baseball game! – Toronto Bluejays vs Boston Redsocks. This was arranged by the hostel and so was a real good way to meet some fellow traveller’s (bonded particularly well with a 19 year old from Chillie and an aerospace engineer from Montreal).
But, I must say… While the atmosphere was something you need to experience in being a tourist. . The game itself… went for longer than 4 hours, and involved A LOT of standing around on the behalf of the players..
And a very impressive dinosaur exhibition! (I believe in them a little more now) which featured several, ginormous skeletons that towered ominously above you as you walked through the display.
Oh! And the museam had an awesome central gold – leaf ceiling!
And today! Brittany arrived! – My fellow exchangee at Ryerson. And we made the move to from my hostel to our hotel (just down the road)… A very budget hotel, which actually decided to cancel my booking after my arrival in Canada… because they apparently had issues making charges to my Mastercard. .. even though I have just booked into a new hotel with the same card, without issue.
SO there was quite a period of stress involved there, while we scrambled to find somewhere with a vacancy over a long weekend (Labour weekend).. But Google and a couple phone calls got us through it! And now we have a small room above a popular jazz bar! (Very cute).
And maybe we’ll be at to catch some jazz tonight!
Everything just got way more real. And far more homely.