Toronto > Kingston > Montreal
15 March 2005
It's been an incredible 2004, so how can 2005 be any better? Go on another holiday! Hehe... In March 2005, my mate Davide and I touched down in Toronto only to be greeted by the one and only wonderful Dwayne. From what I've experienced in my travels, Canadian people are one of the friendliest people on earth and this journey was no exception. I've met alot of people including Dwayne's friendly friends, thanks for the great hospitality! I had an incredible time. Everywhere I went, it felt as though I was walking into a movie set for let's say... the tranquil surroundings of Dawson's Creek. Lovely big houses, trees, sideways...balconies. It was like a fantasy... just waiting to find the right person? (have I?) Toronto or as they call it - Tdot, is home to the Maple Leafs ice hockey team, as well as the tallest standing tower in the world - the CN Tower. I had been on so many towers but nothing as tall this big mama. Downtown central is home to The Eaton Centre, a large shopping centre which houses Canadian stores such as Roots, Sears, aswell as international names. Food, like America come in generous portions and are very, very tasty and great value for money. I grew a liking to Fran's Diners. One of their national food is the 'Poutine' which I only managed to try once. We tried it at some restaurant chain but I've been told that on this occasion, it was'nt one of the best. It's like mashed potatoey, cheese with gravy - something like that, or was it chips (fries)? Dwayne and I packed our bags and decided to go on a roadtrip up north. The journey was great, contrasting sceneries from those in South-East Asia. Although at start I was abit unweary about Dwayne driving on the right (wrong) hand side of the road, the lorries/trucks are huge here and you would'nt wanna go anywhere near them, they're monster trucks! We stopped by in Kingston to meet Dwayne's old friend, had a wonderful time, the town was small and really was the OC, Dawson's Creek type of town overlooking the iced up Lake Ontario (which stretches all the from Toronto to Montreal). When we finally arrived in Montreal, we were welcomed - french style. Nearly everyone here speaks French and it feels like you're in a different country alltogether. The city was an eye-opener, from the dirty sleezy shops, to the lovely outdoor bars and cafes. There's something for everyone. Old Montreal was a treat, small old buildings and shops align the small cobbled streets. We stayed in the gay village, quite exciting. It felt like a west end. Very cultural and had a tasty range of restaurants, we went for Asian fusion at Estasie. Canada is great, would like to see what it's like in the summer though. Might even consider working there for a year, watch this space...