Back to Reality


Well I’ve been back in England now for over 10 days so I thought it was about time for a post. I’ve spent the last two months in Toronto, Canada on the BUNAC student working programs. I had a great time and am happy to be back home in England and looking forward to getting my life going again here.

Today I listened to Wigan Athletic Football Club’s debut match in the English Premership. They were playing Chelsea, last seasons Premership winners. Wigan played well against the opposition, and it was a shame for them to lose the match in the last seconds of the game. Wigan’s lack of goals may be a problem for the team, but they have shown they can hold their own against the best.

Taken time out today to give blood at a local session. Making an appointment over the phone instead of just turning up saves loads of time as you can jump the queue so to say. It took 45 mins from registration to leaving. Without an appointment it could have easily taken 90-120 mins, and time seems to slow down when you are waiting at one of these sessions. Was surprised to realize that this was my 11th time of giving blood: makes me feel old!

Well I’m going to make some time some reading now. Not sure quite what though. I’ve got the latest Harry Potter book, a Science Fiction novel from the Library, a load of magazines and the end of a book on Iraq by a BBC employee to read.

Anthony 🙂

Last Full Day In Canada: Niagara Falls

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Well I finally made it to Niagara Falls on my final day in Canada. After getting the bus to the falls, and then finding I had to get yet another bus to get closer, I finally arived. At first I was in awe at the site. But it quickly passsed. To be honest it was not seeing the falls which was impressive; it was the sound of the roaring water. I walked along the Canadian side of the falls, taking many pictures which I hope to upload by the end of the week. I got soaked when I got near the falls themselves but managed to stand only a few meters from the falls themselves. I took some very close shots and hopefully my cheap camera stood up to the climate and did not fog up the picture!

A side effect of getting wet was that the midday sun, even though it was overcast, burnt my skin quite a lot and I now have a deep red complection. I had not thought of wearing sun cream as it was also overcast in Toronto and was quite cool. I ventured into part of the nearby town. The part nearest to the falls was horrible; so comercialised with pointless museums and 4-D Cinemas. Lets just say that I quickly left. The area around the bus station was also part of Niagara falls, but this was the area which was where the real people lived so to say. It was run down and looked quiet, but the locals which I met where friendly and helpful with my queries of them.

And to answer the question everybody has been asking me all day; No, I did not go on the maid of the mist falls ride. This was for two reasons; the thrill of getting soaked had never thrilled me in the first place. Second, the cost was beyond my budget. And the third of my two reasons 🙂 was that the queue was two hours long.

Anthony 🙂
P.S. I am posting from Toronto, Canada and the current time is minus 4 hours to the time on these posts.

The last week or so…

Hi all!

Well I’ve been a bit quiet over the last week here so here is a quick catchup. Wednesday and Thursday I was unwell and stuck in bed/the place I am staying. On Friday I still felt unwell but made an outing which made me feel better. On Friday evening I did something unexpected; which was to go up the CN Tower. The glass sided lift to the top of the tower was scary, as the CN tower is the tallest free standing structure on the planet. It took 58 seconds to get to the top at a speed of 22km an hour(might have to double check those figures)!. I walked around the inside and outside viewing platforms and stood for a few seconds on the glass floor. Looking through the glass floor you could see the Rogers Center Stadium directly below and there was a baseball game in play.

Well I’m coming to the end of my time in Canada now. I’ve got today, Monday and tuesday free and then I am flying back to Manchester on Wednesday. I am hoping to visit Niagra Falls on Tuesday for a few hours.

Anthony 🙂
P.S. I am posting from Toronto, Canada and the current time is minus 4 hours to the time on these posts.

Quiet Day

Well I’ve had a quiet day today watching some TV, reading my book, time online and some final touches to my planned itinerary for the remainder of my time here in Canada.

This morning saw a nice cool wind with the rain, but yet again the heat and humidity return 🙁

Anthony 🙂

P.S. I am posting from Toronto, Canada and the current time is minus 4 hours to the time on these posts.

Fort York

Yesterday I visited Fort York in downtown Toronto and had a very enjoyable afternoon looking around the museum exhibits and watching some of the reinactments of British military routines from well over 100 years ago.

Here is the website for the museum:
Fort York Website

A common thread in my posts is references to the heat and humidity here in Toronto. Yet again the heat and sun got the best of me and after returning from my one hour return trip on foot from the fort I really did not feel at all well.

Anthony 🙂
P.S. I am posting from Toronto, Canada and the current time is minus 4 hours to the time on these posts.
Note: Written and posted on 22nd July 2005.