Toronto

Before I start, I like to mention that people in Toronto can’t drive.  The traffic in the city is terrible and the lack of driving skills make it worse.  I got back to the city from Niagara falls with a rental car and tried to get some gas.  The first gas station was closed, I had to wade through traffic and people trying to ram into you cutting lanes to find the second gas station which is couple blocks from the first one, blocked by construction.  I ran a red because some dick head cut in front me on a yellow and the police on the street yelled at me…  Then it took even longer to find the final gas station that serves and get back to the rental parking garage.  The traffic outside of Air Canada Centre is even worse on game day where drivers think the road is serpentine instead of straight, but I learned my lesson and didn’t go near a car.  The traffic is even worse on Spadina, I almost got a hit bunch of times and the underpass before harbour front too.  People here just haven’t figure out that right and left turn yet, hopefully they will. 
Well, Toronto is another skyscraper filled metropolis, and to be honest, the temperature drops in the city because the sun light couldn’t penetrate through the dense skyscrapers standing aloof.  I mean, if Canadians want a slightly less cold winter, the solution is there.  Chop down the skyscrapers like they used to chop down trees.  Toronto is the most expensive city in Toronto I think, even thou Vancouver is comparable.  I spent quite a bit on bar tabs because I’m not camping in the wild anymore and I have exceeded my budget by now.  However, I have learned that I rather enjoy than being cheap. 
The night life is pretty cool, but its more a bunch of friends coming together than traveling along kind of nightlife.  Maybe I just suck at social situations haha.  I walked alot and took the subway and street car that takes you pretty much everywhere when I’m not drinking.  That is the second largest spending.  I didn’t really plan on doing much in Toronto, just see Niagara and play basketball or whatever. 
I read that harbourfront community centre is supposed to be dope.  I think it was supposed to be the outdoor court, I went there Sunday morning, there was no one outside.  There was a game inside, I played but it was pretty shitty.  Then I went again on Monday in the evening at 6, there was still no one.  Maybe it’s the cold, maybe it was just the wrong time, I’m pretty disappointed there was nobody. 
The first day I arrived at noon, the airport is a bit far from the city.  However, there is a rail that will take you there, but it costs 27 cad(Canadian dollars).  That is alot compared to the 3 cad I have been paying everywhere else.  Good news is that the exchange rate has indeed went down to 0.75 from 0.76, so I do save a cent on the dollar, quite literally. 
The weather was quite good that day, so I walked around a bit near the harbour, near Rogers center where the Bluejays play.  It fely good to not be in the cold of Alberta.  Later on I met up with Marie, from the Salkantay trek, and she showed me Kensington Market, which is pretty cool place, and we got fish tacos at Seven Lives.  The tacos were really good, especially the shrimp one. 
Drank a bunch at night, everywhere downtown, and everything is so damn expensive but I did find a spot where they do Caesar Sundays, a drink for 3 dollars, perfect for football.  Caesars is what the Canadians call Bloody Mary, totally disrespecting the salad, the Roman, and Bloody Mary, but Bloody Caesar is pretty good, even thou I haven’t had a strong one yet. 
I watched football on Sunday.  That was my Sunday, every Sunday, pretty boring, but got to do it since fantasy football supports my traveling monetarily.  The Chargers continue to suck, but that was Monday. 
I did quite a bit walking around the city, and the city is organized very neatly. The very central street is Yonge where it divides the city in east and west. Then middle of the city center is Yonge and Dundas, which is characterized by the Yonge Dundas square. There is financial district, China town, entertainment district, and old town like most cities. Most stuff happens between Queen St and King St. There is also the Kensington Market street corner where there are bunch of hipster and metal joints. They try to make Dundas Yonge look like times square but it isn’t, but its still pretty cool thou. There are alot of underground malls in Toronto, and the downtown area has a whole underground structure where you can get through the streets underground in the mall. Growing up in suburban LA and living in Santa Barbara, you don’t see alot of these kind of city structure.
Monday was much more interesting, starting with me, missing the train to Niagara Falls.  I lowkey got lost in the Union station, I couldn’t find the fucking departure hall after getting off the metro.  There is bunch of tunnels and signs that points you to no where and I missed the train by 2 minutes.  Feeling like a complete retard, I sat in the departure hall and realized renting a car is not only cheaper than the train but is also faster and I can leave whenever. 
So I rented a car and drove to Niagara, which took me 1 hour compared to the 2 and half hours train ride. 
The Niagara was pretty amazing, huge waterfall, water everywhere.  The temperature is at least 5 degrees warmer there so the water mist that rains all over you isn’t really a bother.  Seeing some nature always make you feel better, especially after the morning fail. 
I also went down to the lookout beneath, the water flow is ridiculous, would really like to jump in a barrell and see how many bones I can break jumping down.  There are prefalls and other falls around, the water vapor creates a permanent rainbow at the fall if there is sun, of course. 
The city of Niagara looks like Disneyland, with casino, bars, amusement parks and stuff all over the place.  I didn’t really do any of those because I only cared about the fall.  On the other hand, the Niagara fall in the buffalo side looked like shit, a bunch of construction and absolutely no one around. 
The real story begins on my drive back.  Didn’t really see much traffic on the way back on the Queen Elizabeth.  Then I had to find a gas pump in the city, and that along took a whole hour in which I covered about 1 mile of distance, found 2 closed gas stations, and almost got hit by cars many times.  I also got in a scuffle with a cop, he saw me ran a red light because some dipshit cut in front of me at the light.  Overall, driving in Toronto is the worst, go see the car movements in front of the air Canada centre before a raptors game and everything will be clear. 
Toronto was raining like crazy on Tuesday so I took the street car and went to a parkour gym.  There was some people practicing stunt choreography.  Gyms in Canada is really cheap, 15 dollars unlimited drop ins.  Worked on a bunch of bullshits as usual and it felt good to do some flips and jump around and stuff. 
Went to the Raptors game that night.  It was the raptors against the Knicks.  We sat next to a new York fan by himself just shouting out player names every play like he would like suck their dicks or something.  It was pretty annoying, and I was hoping there would be a fight. 
It was a really close game, where the refs gave the game away to the Knicks.  Melo was out of bound at an important play in the end and no call.  I was surprised to see people were leaving with time on the clock and the team having a chance to tie.  Good old fair weather Canadians.  On the way out we got some free packages of 5 blade razors, they are way better than the 2 blade shit I use, that was pretty awesome. 
Next day I woke up sore all over because I was at the parkour gym for 4 hours because it was raining.  I woke up, packed up and headed off to Montreal, and didn’t miss the bus. 

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