Oh Canada, this past weekend I had decided to go on a spur of the moment kind of trip to Canada, the home of the infamous “Eh”. I checked out Niagara Falls and Toronto, which in their own right had a lot of charm.
Niagara Falls is a definite must see, it generates 18% of the worlds fresh water supply. There is this myth tied to the falls that trails back for many generations regarding love. There are a few superstitions regarding the aphrodisiac powers that the mists generated by omitting electrical impulses that stimulate feelings of romance. Like that John Paul song, ” Love is in the air. Everywhere I look around.” Hearing the water crash against’s the rocks took a melodic tune that was in fact relaxing to listen to, and although I might of not felt swooned by the motions of it all, it didn’t take long for me to admire the beauty of it all, being fully present and witnessing all of its great ferocity.
Niagara Falls on the Canada side has this almost child like park theme to it. Cartoons, arcades, cotton candy, screaming kids and all. I didn’t stay too long, for fear of getting the cooties, but it was interesting to check it out just once. I was then back on the road heading down to Toronto, the home of Hockey Puck.
This is how things had played out for me in Toronto. Me, wandering aimlessly around asking directions to stranger’s for restaurants near by. I approached a heavily tattooed women with trendy glasses, ” excuse me, by any chance would you happen to know where there is any good food around here?” she studied me while scratching her head bobbing her head side to side, ” umm sure, go down that way and then head south.” In my mind I had thought hmm south, I wonder where that could be? I quickly thanked her and walked away unsure of which way to go. I then asked another pedestrian and their reply was similar, ” yeah… just head South East”. This in all fairness left me very confused at the end. Thank goodness for my handy friend called google maps, I was able to find my way.
I also had experienced feelings of confusion heading over to a grocery store in search of purchasing some beer. I could not find beer anywhere, aside from bars and liquor stores. I approached the grocery clerk and had asked, ” hey, do you guys sell any beer here”, he looked at me with a puzzled expression and replied, ” …. we don’t sell beer, you can only buy beer at the beer store.” At first I thought he was joking, but no he was correct, apparently Canada has some very strict set laws about selling beers in stores, that are not controlled by the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario).
Toronto, is a fresh city that has pretty physically fit population and whose art scene is pretty trendy, with art work displayed everywhere and loaded with tons of restaurants to satisfy any food critics heart here in NYC. Its also a very friendly bicycle friendly city, so watch out when you see a stampede of cyclist heading your direction. If you are thinking about heading to Niagara or Toronto, you should definitely go. I had fun, and I’m sure you will too. By the way, Canadian’s are some of the most friendliest people , so don’t hesitate to pop up and say hola.