Although I grew up in Minnesota, I had never been to Canada until my final business trip took me to Toronto in the middle of May. I learned everything I knew about Canada from Robin on How I Met Your Mother.
I love any chance to travel, especially when it’s paid for by work! Regardless of going there by myself, I did a lot of exploring and had a great time!
First stop was the Eaton Center. It was no Mall of America but still fun to explore Canadian stores.
Before getting to the conference to set up I had to get my hands on some poutine, of course.
|I ate at Big Smoke Burger at the Eaton Center, a pretty big shopping mall.|
|Fries and cheese curds covered in gravy – pretty tasty although the “cheese curds” were nothing like what I’m used to in WI.|
|THIS is a real cheese curd. If these were in Poutine, it would be glorious!|
The next day was Thursday and I basically spent my non-work time with a workout and Mr. Grey.
Friday was a bit more adventurous. After work I went to the World’s Biggest Bookstore thanks to a suggestion by Jogging on Coffee! I somehow managed to not buy anything, even though I wanted to buy the whole store!
Afterward I visited the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), as suggested by A Prince and Prozac. On Friday evenings they turn the museum into a party with a bar and appetizers. I didn’t realize the party was limited to the lobby and I couldn’t view the actual exhibits but it was still pretty cool.
I mingled by myself for a while until a guy came up to me.
Guy: Are you a runner?
Me: Sure, I know how to but haven’t done much lately.
Guy: Cool, I ran 10 miles yesterday.
Guy: So can I ask you a weird question?
Guy: Would you ever date a guy that listens to Disney music?
Me: Well it’s a little weird but it’s not a deal breaker.
Guy: The reason I ask is because my friend met a guy on MySpace and on their date he had it on in the background.
Me: Wow, I didn’t even know people still used MySpace.
Guy: Would you ever date a guy you met on MySpace?
Me: Well, I have a boyfriend so probably not.
Guy immediately walks away and I quickly distract myself with this drag queen.
Is that story normal for Canadians??
Saturday I worked a half day and spent the afternoon accidentally exploring before I made my way to the Toronto Islands.
|Hockey Hall of Fame|
I took a $7 ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, recommended by Rosa, and they were gorgeous.
|Another story for another day!!|
|The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse|
|No cars were allowed, it was so nice a quiet!|
Sunday I made my way back to the US and was surprised with a great view of NYC from the plane!