Canada O Canada, Toronto road trip

Two fellow exchange students from New Zealand shared the same birthday weekend, so a large group of Aussie’s and Kiwi’s decided to hire a couple of cars and voyage into Toronto, Canada to celebrate. None of the group realised that we were entering another country, so we didn’t even think of activating ‘global roaming’ on our precious iPhone’s – that we all heavily rely on for our day-to-day function. Being unable to log onto to Facebook was just horrific and inhumane for most of us, but the biggest thing we were missing was map navigation. We struggled, but after five to six hours of driving on the wrong side of the road, and going the wrong way, we finally arrived into the city. Being caught in a traffic jam for an hour pleasantly reminded me of being home in Sydney, my rapture promptly ended when I had to pay a ridiculous amount of money to park the car, just one of the many benefits of living a big city life.

We were happy to ditch the cars the next day and explore Toronto by foot. We walked and walked and stumbled upon CN Tower (Toronto’s version of Centrepoint Tower), a miniature version of New York’s Times Square and world-class shopping centres. We also had the pleasure of spray-painting some random guy promoting his clothing line and encountered a few thousand zombies! I’m not sure what the zombies were about, but there was thousands and thousands of people dressed as zombies parading down the main streets of Toronto. After all the excitement we finally made our way back to the Hostel and went for a night out on the town.

On our final day in Toronto, we decided to head to Casa Loma, a majestic Canadian (but European designed) castle complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and 5-acre estate gardens.

The time in Canada was short and sweet. I highly recommend a trip to Toronto if you’re ever in the area.


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