Just got back from Toronto so here's a small report bullet point style.
- Great trip, I really liked the city and how more relaxed Canadians are (I've been told they're even more relaxed in Vancouver
- From an outsider perspective, Canada feels a lot like the US but a bit mellower. Like border security and such was less "what are you doing in our country?"
Although I really never had any issues with the US border either though, to be fair. But the tone and the signalling is just less menacing for some reason.
- I really loved the night skyline driving towards down town Toronto on the highway. On the other hand traffic in Toronto sucks, I've hear it on the forum a couple of times and all Torontonians I've met complain about it as well.
- I was staying at the Blue Jay Hotel, so really close to everything and and nice view of the Blue Jay stadium from the hotel lobby
- Didn't catch an NBA or NHL game, but didn't mind
- Checked out the AGO and the Guillermo Del Torro exhibit. Also, we saw the Toronto Santa Claus parade and there was some racre as well up front
The Del Torro exhibit was really packed, but it was Sunday + the parade just ended so probably a lot of people went to check that out. AGO itself was quiet and I really liked the exhibits and the architecture of the building.
- Ate a lot of good Chinese food in China town
- bought plenty of vinyl from Sonic Boom on Spadina and some smaller record store on Queen str. You just don't have stores like that here selling The Cramps and The Misfits as well as Daft Punk, Justice and MGMT.
- walked around plenty down town on Spadina, King Str, Queen Str and neighborhood.
- Toronto feels super safe everywhere. Like I would never walk around Brussels feeling as safe as I did in Toronto.
- Hockey Hall of Fame is great. All the interactive games are super fun, like play goalie or try to score.
- went to Cirque Du soleil which was also super, and the Yuk Yuk comedy club. i was a bit afraid I wouldn't like it, but the humor was great.
- went to CN tower obviously and the Aquarium. That tower is high
- went to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). Those exhibits are all over the place though. Like, there was a small holocaust exhibit called "the evidence room". It was very well done, all white and very clean looking (a bit conceptual), with blue prints of a concentration camp. it was in the middle of the European aisle though. So, first you're looking at some medieval European chairs and cupboards, you take a right, boom you're in the holocaust room, a pretty serious subject which really needs some context for kids. So just as I entered that exhibit, the first think you see is a like a blue print of a concentration camp with the baracks lined up and one huge barack with a massive chimney. So, this kid (8 yrs old maybe) walks into the exhibit, looks at the map and asks his mom (who was trailing and probably didn't even check where they were going, you know, just browsing the museum), "mom what is this?". I was like "uh-hoh", how is she going to talk her out of this without having to expose her kids to the horror of the Holocaust yet. "that's a prisoners camp, honey". "and what is that building with that big chimney?", "yes that is a big chimney honey"
- walked throught the University area as well walking up to the ROM.
- also went to the YorkDale mall, huuuuge. We don't have malls like that in Belgium. Liked to check out the high end stuff like Omega watches as well
- went to the Christmas market at the distillery district as well which was cute.
- I totally get Uber now. we don't have it here or at least not that widespread. But after circque du soleil when you saw all those cars pulling up with Uber, you kind of get the appeal of it. Like one dude just gave out candy and such and had a really nice clean car. I get how this pisses off taxi drivers though, it's really killing their business.