Toronto, Canada (written 11 Sep 2007)

16 09 2007

It’s time to add something to this here blog. But I know only Jen checks it, so Jen, this is for you:

I’m sitting at O’Hare airport in hour number 4 of a 5-hour layover. I got here early, but the only earlier plane that I had a chance of getting on was canceled due to high winds in Chicago. I’m coming back from training in Toronto. It was actually really good and true to my adventurous spirit, I took every opportunity to explore the city. Taking the bus and then subway from the airport hotel to downtown (with travel book in hand) was relatively easy to navigate. And I have to say, both nights that I went into to the city, I asked directions repeatedly and EVERYONE was super nice and patient with explaining where I needed to go and how…dropping whatever they were doing and taking time to direct. I was really amazed. I wonder if people in Madison or Chicago are that nice to tourists?
AND Madison pays lip-service to diversity, but Toronto HAS it goin’ on! Everywhere I went, people of all different nationalities/colors/languages walked together, laughed, held hands.

(Working in an airport has to be one of the most stressful jobs in our civilization. People just get so pissed when things don’t go their way.)

The first night in Toronto, I went alone and had dinner at a fantastic place called “Thai Basil.” Two of my favorite things, so I went in & was not disappointed! After stopping at a bookstore, I took the subway back to the hotel.

The next night, I went downtown with one of the presenters at the training after we were done for the day. It’s always more fun traveling with someone else and the evening was “delightful” (as he said). I was introduced to Vietnamese food (yummm!!!), walked through one of the 4 Chinatowns (shops were closed, but it was still nice), and followed the big “needle” to the CN Tower. There we took the elevator to the restaurant and had delicious deserts while taking a rotating high rise tour of the evening city lights. It really was somewhat magical.

(My time at this airport just got extended by another hour because the plane is late coming in….sigh…why didn’t I take the Van Galder bus?)

There are just so many cool things about Toronto. The mix of old brick and new modern buildings and the scattered cool art sculptures are a few. I’ll put the photos up on flickr, but they just don’t capture the feeling of walking around the city at night.

(Someone earlier reminded me that today is Sep 11. I haven’t heard any talk of it here at the airport…. Hard to believe it’s been 6 years and hard to comprehend the shit position this presidency has put our country in in that amount of time.)

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3 responses

23 09 2007
Mari

Hey, I check it regularly. I don’t always comment, but I do check it! I started a new blog, so check it out. Not as philosophical, but I’m trying.

25 09 2007
Sue

Wow… I gave up checking and then when I looked… here it is!!! Addition!!! YIPPEEEE!

1 11 2007
dayna

Thanks, girls! I just love you both!
Mari, I’ll be checking yours weekly now.

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