So, the first week has come and gone and I have a feeling that the entire 6 months will feel like a breeze as well in the end. I don’t really know where to start here. After a 9-hour-flight you are definitely not ready to conquer the city, instead I just grabbed a bite and tried to (unsuccessfully) catch some sleep. This means I really only consider Wednesday my first day here and then I just tried to pack in a lot of touristy stuff while the weather was nice. Here are some highlights of last week:
Wednesday – Jenny Han
I started off my adventure the best way a bookworm can and that’s by going to a book signing! To clarify, no, I haven’t read Jenny Han’s books yet, but I fully intend to. I found out about this event from Maria @Big City Bookworm and was a little nervous about finding my way to the bookstore. I am a person who generally likes to walk places, but I definitely had to take some form of transportation to get there and I am always worried of getting out at the wrong stop or getting lost, but it all worked out fine (even though I was HOURS too early). And I got to meet Maria! She’s so nice and beautiful and great to talk to. I was extremely glad to have her by my side, especially when the outcome of signing turned out to be way bigger than we expected. Anyway, now I have a personalized signed copy of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and I can’t wait to dive into it while I am here.
Thursday – Ripley’s Aquarium
Aquariums are one of my favorite places to visit wherever I go. I know that Ripley’s is one of the bigger tourist attractions in Toronto, but I think I randomly found out about the place from some Degrassi actor who loves to visit. It was definitely a lot of fun! They put great effort into making Ripley’s interactive and interesting to watch. You could even touch some of the fish! But my favorite part were the jellyfish. They always are, I just have this fascination with them.
Friday – High Park
Friday was sort of the day where the weather started to shift and it got a lot chillier. Not letting myself get defeated by that, I went to High Park. I read that they had a zoo there and that entry was for free. I guess calling it a zoo is really a bit of an overstatement, because it is simply one of the streets in the park lined with animals on both sides. Nonetheless, I would never dare complain about that, because I had to pay absolutely no money. I decided to donate a bit to them though, because I don’t even want to imagine how much the upkeep and care for those animals costs.
Saturday – Royal Ontario Museum
Those of you who follow me on instagram (which I highly suggest you do – @kat_impossible) probably saw my story there and the wealth of different things they had. The Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM for short, kept me occupied for 3 hours with their incredibly varied exhibitions and I didn’t even get a ticket for the special Blue Whale exhibit. Their collections varied from natural history, dinosaurs, Canada’s history and first people, modern art to Asian, African and European sections. While I didn’t catch any of the tours, they do offer them hourly for free on different subjects. That’s definitely something that’s worth checking out.
Sunday/Monday – relax
After all the walking I did on the days before, I just really felt like I needed to rest up a bit. I am going to spend so much time in this country and even though it won’t all be in Toronto, I don’t need to see everything there is right away. Also, the weather wasn’t that great – mostly rain. I turned to my laptop and binged some stuff on Netflix instead. Those were definitely the days I saved the most money and I found a new show I adore! Dramaworld!
It’s super short but super funny! There’s this girl who is obsessed with K-drama, but when a story doesn’t play out as it is supposed to, she gets transported into the world of that show to help. In truth, she really only makes things worse and is even in danger of becoming part of the storyline herself. I NEED another season of this!
Now, that wasn’t all I did last week. I had food at great places. I walked the length of the city and saw some amazing architecture. I got to meet really nice people, but I don’t want this post to be like a mile long. I hope you liked this little insight into my first week and let me know what you all have been up to lately!