Calgary is a big city with a small city feel. Sure it gets busy and crowded at times but Toronto is a totally different ball game.
Non the less it was an totally awesome weekend!
My buddy picked up me, after ending up at the wrong terminal (that's how messed it is), and we caught up over a great dinner, drinks, then off to bed to get ready for a jam packed weekend.
Friday morning was game time. We woke up, headed to the gym, and had a great workout. We used to lift together religiously in high school and university and it is always fun to pick up where you left off. Even if it has been 2 years!
After the gym it was a steak and eggs breakfast and off to downtown Toronto!
First off the commute is nuts! We were heading in at about 1 pm on a Friday and there was still traffic here, there, and everywhere. There is no avoiding it in TO.
We arrived downtown, parked under the Air Canada Center, and head off to do a little "site seeing", which seemed to involve endless supply of drinks, before the big Raptors game that night.
Got to admit I was impressed. The aquarium covers North American sea life all the way to sting rays (you can touch), jelly fish, octopus, you name it.
The entire aquarium surrounds you so you are walking over and under all the sea life getting up close and personal with everything from sea horses to sharks...pretty cool!
Steam Whistle Brewery
Now downtown Toronto is building on top of buildings only separated by the a lane or two for streets. It is the most crowded place I have ever seen!
The brewery is a little relief from the hustle and bustle. Around the brewery is this green stuff called grass and it was a welcome sight. The beer is awesome by the way!
After the brewery we had about 2 hours to kill before the Raptors game so we head off to a local pub called Loose Moose, had a couple drinks, then it was off to the game...
Toronto Raptors Game
Lee managed to get us some seats that were...alright! We were pretty much court side! Same as Charles Oakley (if your a Raptors fan you know who that is) and Kardinal Offishal (who is surprising tall!).
We had our own server, again what seemed like endless drinks, ate awesome food, and the experience was incredible!
After the game Lee and I headed out for quite a long night and a long cab ride home but it was totally worth it!
The next morning it was up, breakfast, and off to Niagara Falls. On the way we stopped for lunch with a few of his closest friends which is always a good time. Fun meeting people that big parts of your friend's lives.
Maybe I am not being grateful enough but I thought it would just be different. One thing that is nuts is the town of Niagara. It is casino's, lights, carnivals, games, you name it. I think that's what took away from the actual falls. If it was kept as a more "natural" area I think the overall experience would be different. You can put a damn casino anywhere.
Have to admit though, we did have an epic bowling match (in which I choked and lost the game), beat high scores on one of those mini basketball hoops, and made a kids day by giving him about $5 worth of game tokens.
After Niagara it was back in the car, head into downtown Toronto, checked into a hotel, then off to another of Lee's friend's birthdays.
Good times with amazing people!
Back to the night...from our hotel we jumped in a cab and headed off to the Drake Hotel for the b-day bash were we head bottle service, a few too many shots, but man a super fun time.
Moments like these is what life is all about. It's not about the car you drive, how big your house is, or the dollars in your bank account. It is about the friends and family in your life and the memories made together. I wouldn't trade stuff like this for the world!
My weekend was short and sweet (actually sweet is an understatement). Toronto is a crazy place of buildings, traffic, and people that need to be way more laid back. I could never in a million years live there but I would go back to visit good friends in a heartbeat.
Live Your Best Life!