This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity of going to Toronto! It was a GREAT weekend. I think the part I liked the most, was going back to Toronto and the ROM without parents. Not that I didn't enjoy doing that when I was little with my family! It was just nice to have the feeling of responsibility...getting our own directions and such for example. Most of the weekend, we played it by ear and it happened as we went along. Or taking the TTC, GoTrain, the Tram, the Subway, and the ViaRail...all in one weekend! It was very new to the three of us (GH, CF, and myself). Very exciting!
|The boys, GH and CF. |
Our first ride on the Subway!
The next morning I woke up at 5, I still needed to deliver newspapers...so early, but used to the job that my family has been doing since I was 8 years old. Woke up my sister and we headed off to deliver. Finally arrived back at out house at 6:20...I still had to shower! Luckily, I took a super fast shower, blow dried, AND straightened my hair. I felt very proud of myself.
CF arrived with his dad at 7 and drove us to our grandparents house. We left Windsor by 7:30! Wow!
After 5 long hours of listening to music on my BBT and CF's phone, creeping each others pictures on FB on my BBT, and making two stops along the way, we arrived in Toronto! My grandparents dropped us off close enough to an entry into the Subway system and we were on our own, ready to face this big 'ol city!
|Walking towards Ryerson, of course |
Gideon notices this shoe in a shop window!
We found an exit close to Ryerson and headed towards the school. We passed a nearly burned down building where the whole street was sectioned off and a fire truck and two police cars sat parked. It was really crazy.
Got to one of the many building of Ryerson U...which was NOT the Engineering building. No one was really around, and no tours were going around so we went exploring! Muahaha! It was quite exciting looking around the nursing/sociology building. The boys decided we'd come back on Sunday after we had actually found directions to the right building.
|We rode on the Tram from the Eaton Center |
to the Dimsum in China Town.
BC led us into China town to a Dimsum (small bites) also called Sky Dragon. It was really interesting food! Thankfully because BC happens is Chinese and knows the language, she was able to get us more normal food. Aha. We enjoyed shrimp, beef, squid tentacles, some rice pudding dish, cow tendons and jellyfish. I didn't go near the cow tendons (reminds me too much of anatomy class, I can't stomach it because it's so familiar).
|CF, BC, and GH waiting in line to buy |
our GoTrain tickets to Markham.
Finally the train and arrived and we were told which platform to go to. We headed off, the crowd was so large I felt like we were a heard of cows entering their pen. I checked the pocket my ticket was in...or I thought it was in. "Uh-oh". I couldn't find it. I checked all of my other pockets in my pants, my sweater, my coat and my purse. NOTHING.
|The 4 inches of a beautiful white |
layer of snow I woke up to!
We got home and quickly had dinner, but had enough time to explain to the rest of the family and my grandparents my blond moment back at Union Station. Jokingly my aunt said "Now don't forget your tickets for your cousins play tonight!" while handing me my ticket. "Pffft. As if."
We finished dinner and quickly got into the car and all buckled in. My aunt turned around and asked, "does everyone have their tickets?".
"You have got to be kidding..." I thought to myself. I had left my ticket on the front table in the foyer. "Be right back!" I got my ticket and ran back to the car and we were off! CF from then held on to my train ticket for Sunday night and my ROM ticket.
|Boys being grumpy because we |
had to wait in the cold...and think
everything is my fault.
Back at the house, I got to spend time with my cousin Rachel, whom I haven't spent time with for over a year, so it was really awesome to be able to catch up. My aunt also insisted that plans were made PERFECT for the next morning (since we wanted to meet up with LC and PMcT). We were just going to wing it, we all had texting. But she wouldn't allow it, therefore a call to LC at 11pm was done. Fell asleep around 1:30.
|Me waiting at the bus stop in |
Markham...the only picture I took
of myself the entire weekend.
My aunt dropped us off at a TTC bus stop where we waited for 10 minutes for the bus. We took the 15 minutes down to Scarborough Town Center where we met up with LC and PMcT. After having some breakfast for the boys and coffee for LC and myself, we got onto the TTC train, then transfered onto the Subway, bringing us into downtown Toronto! Woot!
After getting lost for a minute and going the wrong direction (the boys blaming us two girls), we righted ourselves and finally made it to the ROM!
Guess where we went first?
Dun dun dun....the weapons part of the museum. Of course. We had two army boys with us...as well as GH who knows a decent amount about these sort of things. LC and I talked about who was returning to FH the next summer...to PMcT shaking his head at us. Hahaha. We just weren't as interested in the history of guns and weapons. Yeah, it was kinda cool, but with not really having any knowledge about it...we were good with looking forward to this summer.
|The three cuties dove into kids tunnel under|
the moose, where I just HAD to get a picture!
We also visited the dinosaurs. CF and I dug up some bones. Good times. =)
We visited all of the areas except for the art, unfortunately. I was looking forward to seeing it! No one else was interested though...
|This picture goes along |
with the next one.
We said our goodbyes to BC and hopped back on the Subway and the TTC returning to PMcT's car. Before heading home we made a pop and chips, and blockbuster stop.
Making it to the LC's house, we saw LC and IC! They watched the first movie with us (Minority Report = fantastic movie). Followed by 3:10 to Yuma (interesting Western movie, though I had to turn away at some points because of some bloody or gross scenes). Last but not least, we watched Predator. I've only wasted my time a few times watching stupid my movies. For example, A Cinderella Story with Selena Gomez. This movie, Predator, was tied with that movie in my books. NO plot. Lots of guns. Lots of blood and gore and grossness. Thank goodness for GH and PMcT warning me for every gory scene. NEVER AGAIN.
|No way?! We never knew that! (We laughed)|
Got up at 9 and showered, feeling much cleaner from this crazy weekend. Everyone got up (boys are slow..who knew?!).
After going to church, we came back and made lunch, grilled cheese! I sliced the cheese, and made the sandwhiches while PMcT toasted and buttered the pieces of bread. I had never made grilled cheese on a skillet before...so the temperature was a little high and burned a few of the sandwiches...I blame PMcT. He didn't finish the last batch so I did them, where I was distracted from flipping the grilled cheese...oops! But nothing BBQ sauce can't fix. YUMMY!
|Hard to see, but the sun looked like it |
was shining straight up! The sunset
on the train was beautiful.
CF feeling satisfied, we then checked out a comic book store (SO SUPER AWESOME!!!!) then an Army surplus store for CF where he bought a very large knife and a new tilly hat.
We ran back to a Subway station and hitched it back to Union Station where we got our ViaRail tickets for 4:45, stopping at Harvey's for dinner before running to the train to attempt to get a booth of seats together. Nopes, didn't happen. I sat by myself most of the ride and listened to music. It was a nice change from driving (making that trip from home to past camp and back at least 4 trips a year these last three years).
Finally arrived home at 10pm and was safe and sound. Was one of my most favourite and memorable weekends!
Here are a few more pictures of the weekend!
|Walking the streets in downtown TO with BC.|
|Gigantic tv screen outside the Eaton Center.|
|Two of three of my knights in shining armor.|
|I love these people.|
|Childhood memories being brought back to life.|
|These boys are great. Aside from teasing me the ENTIRE weekend about EVERY single little thing. |
I was called a ginger and a blonde at the same time?!