12.11.2012 - 18.11.2012
Toronto what can I say 14 years ago I was bored and today still bored. I stayed with family and yes it did save me money and I definitely ate well but I was in greater Toronto which meant long travelling times to and from downtown and as nothing had changed since my last visit I could not be bothered the long travelling times.
My main purpose for the visit was actually to celebrate Diwali. For those who don't know Diwali is the Hindu celebration of lights and is one of five celebrated days. It's our Xmas and the next day our new year. Being so close to family i made a last minute to visit Toronto. Unfortunately when I got here there was none of the excitement or mayhem I would expect during the festival but being with family beats all.... In the Uk in Leicester there would be fireworks and families gathering, food being consumed and in my family bollywood would also play a part with the annual blockbuster being watched. Though here nothing was done business was as normal people went to work and then bed. There were fireworks being done outside but I was not able to partake. All in all disappointing. To be honest I ended up utilising this time to recover completely from the stinking cold I have had this whole trip and catch up with family and friends via skype and eating gorgeous indian food provided by my ace family.
So what did I do well went to the cinema and watched flight which I thought was a thriller but ended up being a drama and one which was not that good. Bet he gets an Oscar!!! Went to niagara falls saw the falls which were pretty
but had to be back in Toronto so missed the night light show trying to get back to the bus which itself was an journey late so gutted. Saw the Xmas lights being switched on to much fanfare and fireworks. This was actually good and they had a concert too which was fun.
Went shopping in the malls in downtown with their pretty Xmas decorations they looked awesome. Much nicer then the tired decorations we have at leicester haymarket or the pretty standard ones at highcross.
At the mall I went to a high class food court which involved similar food to a normal food court but on actual plates and with metal cutlery. I had a lamb shank from a Greek stand and although the meat did not just fall off the bone I was grateful to eat my old friend lamb who I had missed.
Oh yeah on my last day I went to the Toronto Santa's Parade. It was very long but it was fun seeing the hard work a city puts into it's celebrations. The floats and processions were pretty and not at all very commercial. It was worth the time but if i lived in Toronto full time it would be the one and only visit.
Well that's Toronto next New York baby.
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