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.
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.)
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.
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.
this way to my apartment
a beautiful house on Bathurst St (I think)
no automatic doors anywhere
some Canadian football
every second shop is Tim Hortons – coffee and donuts
sugary, caffeinated Iced Capp from Tim Hortons
and those that are not Tim Hortons, are Second Cup
tokens for public transit – buses, streetcars, subway
this dog is called Pepper and lives in my apartment
Canadian version of Fitness First
foodtruck – notice the varieties of poutine
some Canadian beers blocking the World Cup
breakfast, lunch and dinner
politics – watch for dreamboat Justin Trudeau
supermarket – notice that everything is in English and French
one of the squirrel community near my apartment
interior of the Toronto Eaton Centre mall
The CN tower, as it looked on my first night in Toronto
the city – just below is the Royal Ontario Museum