Today was a lovely day in Toronto. As I suspected I would, I have warmed up to the city and enjoying what it has to offer with the little time I have to give.
After sleeping past 8 (yay, especially since I was up til 2), I worked for a couple of hours and then headed out on the town. I had a meeting to attend, but padded the time before and after with some walking, sight-seeing and even a tad bit of shopping.
It turns out Toronto is wonderfully diverse. On the downtown streets I heard everything from English to French to Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi and Cantonese. In hopes of getting a birds eye view of Lake Ontario, I wandered into a convention center that was hosting a convention on how to make immigrants feel welcome. I couldn’t help but wonder if such a convention ever existed in the United States….that would take away from the budget for the border fence.
In typical Alecia tourist fashion, this is how I decided what I was going to do in the two hours I had to kill. Before leaving the hotel, I looked up the top tourist attractions in Toronto on tripadvisor.com. As luck would have it, the #1 attraction, was the St. Lawrence Market which is walking distance from my hotel. Awesome.
Unfortunately, I lost the directions I wrote for myself when I stopped off at the local YMCA to see if I could use their facilities tomorrow morning. I decided to walk all of the way to the waterfront to see Lake Ontario, which was difficult to see from that vantage point, thus my visit to the convention center. After a glimpse of the water, I backtracked and thought I recognized a street name as the one where the market lived. Turns out I was right and in another two blocks had made my way to the market in time for lunch. The market was a classy meat, cheese, fish, gourmet market…think Pikes Place meets Whole Foods. I looked for the stall with the most customers which was a tiny cooked fish market along the back wall closest to the waterfront. As I have been known to do, I ordered the crab cakes and I have to say I believe they are the best I have ever tasted…TO..DIE..FOR!
When I left St. Lawrence Market I walked on a street parallel to the one I live on (for two more days) and ran into a perpendicular cross street called Church St. Thinking there was a good chance a church might live there, I followed it and less than a block later found a gorgeous church.
Later on, after my meeting, I found my way on foot to the other attraction I wanted to hit, a shoe store that sells Tory Burch shoes, which I have read about here and here and am now sold that I need a pair of the notorious flats myself.
Despite all of these fun things, the greatest joy in my day was this sight, after I had made it back to the hotel, ordered room service and dialed home with the webcam.
Note Ozzie watching in the window…
I should mention I took a lot of photos but will not be able to upload them until I am back in Boise on Saturday. I think I forgot everything from my photography class last weekend and even relied on green square at times. I am even more motivated to go back and review what I learned and step the photos up a notch. If I am going to lug that big camera around, the pictures better be fabulous.
Tomorrow will be a day full of recruiting, interviewing and selling engineers on HP and Boise! Wish me luck!