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Toronto #1

My journey from Inverness to Amsterdam to Toronto went pretty smoothly. We were a little late taking off but managed to land on time, only to find there was no gate free at Toronto Pearson airport. After about 30 mins they started to unload passengers in small batches. By the time my batch left it was another 30 mins! Then begins the queuing for all their security and immigration. It was baking hot and very humid and they didn’t seem to have air conditioning! By the time I met Lucy it was 1.5 hours after I’d landed!! Not the most efficient airport I’ve been to.

It was after 10pm when we got to Lucy’s apartment so for me that was 3am, so we chatted briefly and I headed for bed.

Anyway enough about that and on to more exciting things…here’s what I got up to during my first 24 hrs in the city.

Lucy’s apartment is north east of the city centre with a great view of the CN Tower and from her balcony you can see Lake Ontario.

On Tuesday my goodness we did some walking!!

It was drizzly rain so we caught the streetcar to the Art Gallery of Ontario and had a look around there, it’s a bit of a maze but they have some interesting pieces, they have Rodin’s Adam there and some instillations including a dark room with speakers they call Obsidian. Then they had this mirrored one with hanging balls that they let you in for one minute. Unfortunately I didn’t notice what it was called or the artists name.

We stopped at a little French patisserie for a light lunch and then walked around the town. I wasn’t looking at a tourist map and my memory is hopeless but we went through a park, ran some errands, I bought a new bumbag from Lululemon, as I’d brought my Belladrum festival one with me which isn’t water resistant and not big enough for my sunglasses 😎.

The drizzle was lingering so we went to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada which was extremely busy. I wore my face mask as that’s the most people I felt I’ve been around for a loooong time. When we came out it was getting a little brighter. We walked through the outside section of the Toronto Railway museum and headed to the shore of Lake Ontario and I got a chocolate ice cream sundae.

We got back to the apartment having walked about 8 miles. Lucy is 20 years younger than me and is fitter than I’ve ever been in my life, so she then headed off to the gym for a 45 minute class! I cuddled up with her dog on the sofa and rested. It was then time to walk the dog! So we headed back out and walked to a park with a big hill where you can watch the sunset and the city skyline. I could smell that rain was on its way and it just started to fall again as we approached the apartment.

Lucy doesn’t cook and just orders in most nights, but healthy food. I’d walked just over 10 miles so when she said take out I was thinking I could scoff a 12” pizza to myself, but she meant ordering from a place that does salad bowls. This could be the first time I lose weight on a holiday 😂. The salad bowl with salmon was delicious and it’s pretty cool that you can add or remove any particular ingredients. I can see why it appeals – living downtown, working long hours and spending lots of time playing sports and socialising doesn’t leave a lot of time for grocery shopping or cooking and she earns good money so can afford it. I’d be the size of a house in that situation though as my takeaways would be far more calorific.

If you follow my Highlandheffalump blog you’ll know I had a sore left foot for quite a while. I think I’ve identified that it’s my Rocket Dog shoes that are the cause as my left foot is back in pain again. Luckily I have a little of Sketchers with me to wear for today’s adventures!

By highlandheffalump

I love making things and being creative, knitting, wet & needle felting, weaving, spinning, sea glass creations and more. You can find my crafting blog and business website at, my travel posts have been relocated to and my garden posts can be found at .

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