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the women are big and the men are dumb and the children are loopy 'cause they live in a slum

Posted on 2007.05.08 at 16:15
where am I: Pawtucket, home of the Pawsox
How I feel about it all: hungryhungry
Soundtrack: Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie - Toronto Song
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I thought I had to work today, but yay, I don't! So here's the next picspam and Fascinating Holiday Recap. Because enquiring minds wanna know.

When I first got into Toronto I got lost for something like THREE HOURS because of all the one-way streets and the fact that I thought the streets on the map were a lot closer together than they actually were. Also, I don't drive well in cities. London was not as bad because it was a lot smaller and the hostel was on a main road. This one was tucked into a little square but was still in the middle of everything. I heard Danny, the owner, say something like "If the CN tower ever fell over it'd fall on us first". Comforting, that. Also pretty accurate; we were almost on top of it. Needless to say, I got honked at a LOT because I suck at driving in cities. I mean, dudes. I suck at driving in the city I live in, so imagine what I'm like in the busiest city in Canada (which is ANOTHER ENTIRE COUNTRY, in case some of you didn't realise that). You'd think that they'd look at my licence plate and the freaked-out expression on my face and be more understanding but nooo, they figured they'd freak me out even more by laying on their horns.

I don't have any pictures of the hostel itself, but there are some here. Danny and his wife (I think her name was Shelley) were great hosts. They have a little girl named Victoria who is something like seven or eight and loved hanging out with the guests. I should have taken her picture, too. Bleh. I didn't take all that many pictures in Toronto in general. My battery went dead when peacey and I were at Kensington Market. Which? Was a lot of junk shops interspersed with fruit stands and little cafés.

I liked the buildings, all run-down and colourful. peacey decidedly did not. :) I did manage to get a picture of one:

That night I went with peacey and her sister to The Second City. I loved the show, but not so much the beer I had. Oh, well. Afterwards peacey and Cheryl went back to their hotel and I walked around for awhile and took some more pictures.

CN tower at night:

More flowers, this time in a park near the Rogers Centre:

Giant!Rick Mercer:

The CBC building was actually open, so I went in. The museum itself was closed so I couldn't go to any of the exhibits, but figured I'd go the next day after we hit the ROM.

The new batteries I bought lasted about a day. The guy at the convenience store said they were good for cameras. I didn't think so, but I bought them anyway. I did manage to take a few pictures at the ROM.

Inside the main building:

Outside of museum, including the alien spacecraft that apparently crashed into it:

peacey wanted to see the Rome exhibit and we were both disappointed that it wasn't there anymore. We did go to the Greece Gallery. peacey actually owns ancient coins like some of the ones exhibited. I was v. impressed. *g* We also saw the European Galleries, specifically the Arms and Armour exhibit. My inner Arthurian and War History Geeks loved it. The amount of intricacy and attention paid to warfare is really interesting. There must be books written about it. Also the amount of ornamentation on the armour. The best part of this exhibit, though, was watching peacey in total geekout mode. *loves*

We spent some time at the First Peoples Exhibit, and then peacey had to leave. After she left I went off on my own, hoping to see this exhibit, and then found out it wasn't there yet. So I went back to the First Peoples exhibit and ended up being able to tag along on a guided tour that was just starting. I'm really glad I went back because the volunteer knew her stuff (yes, actually, I did take notes. Your point?). Because of her advice I got to see the last twenty minutes or so of Nanook of the North. Very cool. Now I have to see the whole thing, of course.

I bought actual camera batteries at the gift shop along with a pen and a really pretty sketch of an inuksuk, then headed back to the CBC building. Saturday afternoon, the museum was sure to be open, right? Wrong. Apparently most of Toronto is closed on Saturdays, including the CBC and the PATH shops.

And, okay, this is when things started to get sucky. I got money at an ATM and proceeded to forget the card in the machine. Which meant that the card was eaten by the machine. I didn't realise this until I was almost to nos4a2no9's place. When I got there she made me a piña colada and let me whine about it all. omphale23 arrived a little later with her own tales of woe and we had a very lovely time talking about fandom, academia, and omphale23's philosophy of heights (1. high-up places are fine as long as one isn't surprised by them, and 2. heights where a fall would be fatal are less phobia-inducing than heights where one would live but break lots of body parts). She also tried to lure us into bandslash-land. I don't quite understand bandslash, but, y'know. Whatever butters your muffin. *g* The band boys do look lovely in eyeliner, I'll admit that. I still wonder if Beatles RPS is considered bandslash. Because I might be talked into that.

The next morning I went downtown to a Money Mart to try and cash a cheque. I was way too American or something, so they didn't let me. Fortunately, nos4a2no9 did cash my cheque (possibly on account of my apparent honesty and because I generally say nice things about Canada. She should moonlight at Money Mart. American tourists with ADD would love her.). We also had a very nice lunch. nos4a2no9 said the poutine we ordered wasn't real poutine. She called it "Ontario poutine". It was close, though, she said, and I had enough of it to realise I don't like it much, mostly because I don't like French fries much in the first place.

I had to leave earlier than I'd have liked, but I figured I wanted to get to Ottawa at a reasonable hour. The reasonable hour turned out to be the next morning because I didn't want to drive in the dark and miss out on the scenery.

More power lines, this time at a truck stop outside Bowmanville. These babies are everywhere:

I got a little lost while looking for a place to stay, but I also got some pretty pictures. These were taken at sunset, somewhere outside Port Hope:

I ended up stopping for the night at a Comfort Inn in Trenton and taking the back roads through Kingston. I was going to post the Kingston pics now but the entry is already way huge, so I'll post them with the Ottawa ones.

Next time: A Sunny Lakeshore, Fun With Western Union, and Utter Dorkery in Ottawa.


isiscolo at 2007-08-05 23:51 (UTC) ()
YAY trip reports and PHOTOS! MORE!
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 00:18 (UTC) ()
I have so many more pictures than this it isn't even funny. Even with the Money Crisis I had SUCH a great time. I want to go back liek, yesterday.
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patchfire at 2007-08-06 00:06 (UTC) ()
Are you going to be on tonight?????
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 00:15 (UTC) ()
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 02:20 (UTC) ()

And, um. Can't I just have the gravy and cheese without the fries?
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omphale23 at 2007-08-06 01:14 (UTC) ()
Ontario poutine is still poutine, yo. The gravy is just the wrong color.

And to be honest, that wasn't terribly good poutine. Not as freaky as the spinach salad with the mayonnaise, but not the best ever, either.

I didn't represent bandslash very well, I think. In my defense, I was awfully tired, and my speakers suck kind of a lot.

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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 02:21 (UTC) ()
Oh, I like the music a lot. And the eyeliner. :) I just don't want to read fic.
on_a_hill at 2007-08-06 03:54 (UTC) ()
so jealous.
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 16:23 (UTC) ()
Toronto was fun but nothing compared to Ottawa. But that's just me. *g*
nos4a2no9 at 2007-08-06 05:17 (UTC) ()
Beeeeutiful pictures! I love those dusky silhouette shots, and you actually made the highway to Trenton look appealing. I'm very glad you had a good time in Hamilton (money crisis aside) and I'm so sorry it took me so long to figure out that I could just cash your cheque for you. *smacks self*
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 16:38 (UTC) ()
*hugs* If it hadn't been for you I'd have had to go home earlier than I did. Yay for the kindness of fangirls!
deafscribe at 2007-08-06 05:45 (UTC) ()
What is it about Canada that the sky always seems endless? I love it...and yes, the sunset shots are fantastic, great composition on those.

The world definitely does need more Canada. Thanks for sharing some with us.
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 16:52 (UTC) ()
Ontario has long stretches of flat fields that go on and on for what feels like forever. The sky is huge and blue and beautiful (although farm after farm gets a little monotonous when you've been driving for hours).

The world definitely does need more Canada.

It could certainly use some of Canada's attitude, and its worldview. :) Also, I think the US Government should adopt Question Period. Even if it didn't accomplish anything, it'd be fun to watch the House members heckle each other.
lamentables at 2007-08-06 06:10 (UTC) ()
I love the sunset with barn and powerlines
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 16:55 (UTC) ()
The power lines are creepy, especially if you've seen Durham County (and I highly recommend that you do; it's one of the darkest and best shows I've seen).
ruthless1 at 2007-08-06 16:15 (UTC) ()
Hey! I loved that first picture of the blue building. That was awesome. Great trip report - it sounds like you had a bit of fun. Also - have you ever seen the movie "New Waterford Girl" Did I hear about it from you? I watched it last night - it was pretty good and it was filmed in Cape Breton. That is a beautiful place.
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primroseburrows at 2007-08-06 16:31 (UTC) ()
There were a lot of funky buildings like that in Kensington Market. The junk shops basically sold all the same things, though. I did try on a Canadian Army jacket, but it didn't fit me.

I haven't seen NWG, but it's on the list. Cape Breton is gorgeous, and I haven't even seen it in the summer yet. I do think that when I get to the Yukon (and I will, absolutely) I might find its rival, but if I could live anywhere in the world (and be able to get used to a lot of snow), it'd be Cape Breton, for all kinds of reasons.
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