On a very stormy day, after hours of delays at the airport, I eventually made my way up to Canada. The plan was to have more time explore, but the weather had other plans leaving me with only one day in Toronto: the day before Brendan and I embarked on the #BringBackWildhood road trip. Into that one day, we had to squeeze in lots of visits with a few of my favorite people and see a bit of the city.
The only other time I had been in Toronto was during TBEX back in 2013, and I had barely any time to really get acquainted with the city. This trip would make up for it, at least a little bit. I had plans to meet up with Carolann and Macrae from One Modern Couple, Alissa from yoga teacher training, and Brock from Backpack with Brock. With good company around, I had no doubt it would be a good day and I was right, it was one of the best!
After taking the train from Oshawa, Brendan and I met up with Carolann and Macrae. I hadn’t seen them since June during our Viking River Cruise, and although we had kept in touch, I was so happy we were able to reunite in person. We had big plans to get to the top of the CN Tower, but with a 2-hour wait, we decided our next best option was to just get ice cream.
Never one to turn down ice cream, I was excited to try something a little different. We headed to Eva’s Original Chimneys. Chimneys are a famous Hungarian pastry that are crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Here, they fill them with ice cream! The combination is perfect, although extremely filling. As always, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, so I got the Dream Cone.
The name was appropriate, as it was filled with Nutella, toffee bits, chocolate sauce, and a salted caramel brownie. The toppings were distributed throughout the cone making each bite better and better. While it probably wasn’t wise to start the day with these, it was hot and we simply didn’t care. It was worth every calorie.
From here, we headed down to the harbor. We walked along the lake and took in the views since we were blessed with blue skies. It was the perfect summer afternoon. After a bit of wandering, Brendan had to go pick up our RV, so Carolann, Macrae, and I decided it was a good time for us to check out the harbor cruise.
Always one to love being on the water, this was the perfect way to spend an hour. Not only did we get to take in sweeping views of the city skyline, but we also just got to relax and catch up. There was an option to get off at one of the islands to explore, apparently there’s an amusement park, but we decided we were ready for a beer. We made our way to the popular and very crowded Amsterdam BrewHouse.
It was here that we somehow found an empty space by the bar and parked it for a few hours while waiting for others to join us. If you have to wait for people, there’s no better place than at a bar. We decided to get burgers, veggie for me, and I ordered a 3 Speed Lager, my first of many that day. After work, my friend, Alissa showed up, and it was so exciting to finally see her again.
We hadn’t seen each other since we parted ways in Agra after yoga teacher training. That was a very sober month, so I was excited to have a few beers with her and catch up. It was as if no time at all had passed, those are always my favorite kinds of friendships.
Not long after, Brock met up with us and we all continued to catch up. I hadn’t seen Brock since Captain and Clark’s wedding back in 2013. Even though I hadn’t seen him, he was there to help me figure out a few things when my Mongol Rally plans fell through, I don’t know what I would have done without him and his support. I was so looking forward to seeing him again, especially with all of my life changes.
Once we were reunited with Brendan, we decided, or I decided, we needed more ice cream. I had been dying to try Fugo Desserts, so we rushed there before they closed. Luckily, we made it! The ice cream was worth it, even if they had run out of the oreo cone I had had my eye on. Brock and I enjoyed the Cookie Monster cone and Carolann got a delicious Thai ice tea one.
The Cookie Monster was quite similar to a cookies and cream ice cream, except better with the addition of tiny chocolate chip cookies. It also turned my tongue blue and after a few beers, it was pretty funny. After indulging in our second ice creams of the day, okay, it was only my second ice cream, we made our way to a nearby bar. I probably didn’t need anymore drinks at this point, but on a warm summer evening, I wasn’t going to turn it down, especially when it meant more time to spend with my friends.
We sat on the patio enjoying each other’s company and making the most of our short time together. Eventually, we all parted ways, and Brendan and I found our way to our Leisure Vans Wonder. We had a lot of miles ahead of us, but in that moment, I was so happy I had had that one special day in Toronto.
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The Harbor Cruise tickets were complimentary thanks to Tourism Toronto. This in no way affected my experience, as always all views and opinions are my own.