Winter is coming!

I have been thoroughly enjoying my time wandering around this amazing city of Toronto for the last few weeks. People are extremely friendly here. I have only met one rude person, but I’ll save her the shame of being publicly ousted!

Toronto is made up of many districts and I have so many I’m yet to discover. I have been to Kensington Market, The Distillery District, The South Financial Core, Harbourfront, Entertainment District, St Lawrence Market, Downtown and Chinatown. I figure that I am here for a while so there is no rush to see everything. I would love to check out Trinity Bellwoods, which is apparently where the celebrities on one of my favourite shows (Property Brothers) live.

Everyone here gets along and integrates well, however, there are still ethnic neighbourhoods which I’m looking forward to checking out! These include Little Italy, Koreatown, Chinatown, Greektown, Little India, Little Portugal and Little Poland (which includes many other Eastern European factions).

I have found that whilst everyone is friendly, not everyone welcomes random chatter at the bar. Some do – I’ve had a couple of good conversations, but I don’t think that’s how I’m going to make new friends. My primary focus at the moment is settling (in terms of a job and accommodation), so once that is firmed up I will be on the search for friends… especially leading up to Christmas! Meetup is a place where I have previously met some of my closest friends, so I shall certainly be giving that a go here. In saying that, through introductions by various people I have met some wonderful new friends already!

I have managed to get the hang of streetcars and the subway. They run so well, so there weren’t really any issues in that regard. The PATH however…. that is something that even the locals say they haven’t mastered, so getting lost underground is something I expect to happen quite often!

For those who don’t know, the PATH is the largest underground shopping complex, with 30km of shopping arcades. It is so bizarre and a very clever way to get around!

The PATH connects 50 buildings/office towers. There are 20 parking garages on the path, 6 subway stations, two major department stores, eight major hotels and a rail terminal! I think now that it’s getting cooler, I’ll set myself a mission to scope out every inch of the PATH. I get the feeling I would possibly get distracted by the many shops, so not sure how I will go with that mission! I wish there was a way that I could overlay the PATH map onto Google Maps. It would be so useful!

I visited the CN Tower on a beautifully clear day. The CN Tower stands at 553.3m high!

I was able to see across Lake Ontario and spot Niagara… not the falls, though. I walked on the glass floor but felt very scared doing it. Even though they say it can hold hundreds of moose, it felt very strange having seemingly nothing beneath my feet!

Edit: Here are some facts about the glass floor from http://www.cntower.ca

  • Thickness: 2 ½ “
  • Size of each panel: 42″ by 50″

Layers from the top down:

  • 3/8 ” scuff plate (replaced annually)
  • Two ½ ” layers of clear tempered glass, laminated together
  • A one inch layer of air (for insulation)
  • Two ¼ ” layers of clear tempered glass, laminated together

Load tests are performed annually on each panel to ensure safety.

The Glass Floor has been specifically designed for you to have fun on it, so walk or crawl across it, sit on it or even jump on it. Don’t worry it won’t break.  The Glass Floor was the world’s first when it opened on June 26, 1994.

The floor is 23.8 square metres (256 sq. ft) of solid glass that is five times stronger than the required weight bearing standard for commercial floors. It can actually withstand the weight of 35 moose.

So… I thought it could hold hundreds of moose. I feel like 35 moose isn’t many! Not sure how keen I would be on jumping on it. I swear I felt it move when I was on it! Of course that may just have been a figment of my imagination.

When I first arrived here I ventured out to Yorkdale to buy a Canada Goose. I knew that this was something I would need to survive winter! I’m so glad I did because I have felt very comfortable, even with the 60km/hr gusts of wind!

Slippers or comfy / warm shoes? Who knows... anything goes!
Slippers or comfy / warm shoes? Who knows… anything goes!

Despite the outside temperature, this chap was in his undergarments in a shop window 😨





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