Toronto

My trip to Toronto (August 2016)

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The CN Tower as seen from the  University of Toronto campus

Toronto is a multicultural city with approachable people, great transportation, and amaaazing ethnic foods. These were my favorite places in Toronto in no particular order:

  • Kensington Market (The Blackbird Baking Company in particular)
  • Having Dim Sum in Chinatown
  • Toronto University Campus
  • The Harbourfront
  • The Eaton Centre Mall

 

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Graffiti at Kensington Market (an excellent place to get local and ethnic foods in downtown Toronto) 

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More Graffiti (Kensington Market is a hipster paradise) 

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Shiny Lights on the Lake Ontario Harbor

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Harbourfront Centre (Canadians and their funny spelling of words like “harbour” and “centre”)

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Touristy Toronto Letter Sculpture at City Hall. Nearby is the enormous Eaton Centre Mall which takes up several blocks and has its own subway stops. The food court is amazing!

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Ryerson University 

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Ontario Parliament at Queen’s Park 

Rochester, NY and Niagra Falls

A couple months ago, my mom and I made a trip to Upstate New York to visit a study abroad friend of mine who lives in Rochester. One night we drove up to Lake Ontario to see a magnificent sunset on the beach.

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The next morning we stopped by Amanda’s house after eating a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant in Amanda’s neighborhood called Olympia. Then we went back to her house to meet her adorable cat, see the work her family had been doing installing new hardwood floors and to see her beautiful backyard.

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Surprise photo my mom took of Amanda and I 

Later that afternoon we drove up to see the famous Niagra Falls and it was even more beautiful than I expected it to be. The Canadians were friendly too as are most Canadians in general.

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After seeing the falls we stopped by the restaurant at the Niagra Falls Giftshop where I ate a soba noodle bowl dish and my mom had a butternut squash soup. Both were delicious.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for a post about our subsequent stop in Toronto!