Those falls at Niagara

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It’s fun to be a tourist sometimes. And it would have been absurd to leave North America in a few weeks without having seen Niagara Falls.

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Two hours from Toronto by coach, the falls straddle Canada and the USA and since the Canadian side is soaking in Americana (a Hershey’s store, Elvis impersonators, a Coca Cola milkshake shop and Planet Hollywood), I can only assume that the American side is covered in red and white maple leaves. (Unlikely.)

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Yes, the town is tacky and I didn’t bother seeing any of the wax museums – my only wander into a casino was a disappointment. But the falls themselves really are vast and loud and stunning, and on a hot day like yesterday, the cool spray felt a bit like a blessing.IMG_1614 IMG_1624 IMG_1629 IMG_1631 IMG_1635

Ordinary things in Toronto

You know what the funniest thing about Canada is? It’s the little differences.

Forget the wonders of the world for a minute. Well, maybe the CN Tower can stay. These are some ordinary things that one can see in Toronto, snapped on my smartphone.

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this way to my apartment

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a beautiful house on Bathurst St (I think)

no automatic doors anywhere

no automatic doors anywhere

bikeshare

bikeshare

some Canadian football

some Canadian football

every second shop is Tim Horton's - coffee and donuts

every second shop is Tim Hortons – coffee and donuts

sugary, caffeinated Iced Capp from Tim Hortons

sugary, caffeinated Iced Capp from Tim Hortons

and those that are not Tim Hortons, are Second Cup

and those that are not Tim Hortons, are Second Cup

Canadian money

Canadian money

tokens for public transit - buses, streetcars, subway

tokens for public transit – buses, streetcars, subway

this dog is called Pepper and lives in my apartment

this dog is called Pepper and lives in my apartment

Canadian version of Fitness First

Canadian version of Fitness First

foodtruck - notice the varieties of poutine

foodtruck – notice the varieties of poutine

some Canadian beers blocking the World Cup

some Canadian beers blocking the World Cup

breakfast, lunch and dinner

breakfast, lunch and dinner

politics - watch for dreamboat Justin Trudeau

politics – watch for dreamboat Justin Trudeau

supermarket - notice that everything is in English and French

supermarket – notice that everything is in English and French

one of the squirrel community near my apartment

one of the squirrel community near my apartment

interior of the Toronto Eaton Centre mall

interior of the Toronto Eaton Centre mall

The CN tower, as it looked on my first night in Toronto

The CN tower, as it looked on my first night in Toronto

the city - just below is the Royal Ontario Museum

the city – just below is the Royal Ontario Museum