I. Mean. Where. Should I. Really even start?
Hey y’all! I’ve been away for a hot minute! I’ve been so busy with packing, working and I’m everything under the sun, but fear not! I’m here and I’m ready to share with y’all something new and exciting that’s happened over the past week.
If you have been following me on instagram, you’ll see that I’ve traveled to TORONTO!!!
I’ve always gone to Toronto (pronounced: Tur-Raan-No) with my family and we’ve stayed with my cousin, who lives over there. Each time we visit, we always walk around the touristy parts of Toronto. I honestly love it more and more each time I go! I mean, if anything, this was my first time EVER taking a flight out to Toronto, (alone, too!) as each time my family and I go, we make a road trip out of it!
The other reason why this trip was different for me, was because I was with a group of friends. Two of my friends live there and the five of us are from different parts of the US. It was different, in that, some of them have never even been to Toronto, or Canada, general! Throughout this trip, I got to see the look of amazement on their faces of this beautiful city and it made the trip well worth it!
Just to back track, because I don’t know if I went into detail about this in previous posts, a year ago we were all a part of a program called the International Scholar Laureate Program or ISLP, where we had to pick between different delegations, like business, STEM, medicine, etc, and then within the delegation that we chose, that being business and entrepreneurship, we had to pick between two countries, Australia or China.
The thing about this program was that it wasn’t just limited to people in the US, but rather people from different countries!
So we picked Australia, took that leap of faith and here we are, a year later, reunited in Toronto.
So today, I’m going to talk to you all about what we did in those 4 days and I’ll also go into detail about where we went as well! Let’s get started!
What we did
So we rented an Airbnb
For those of you who don’t know or aren’t too familiar with Airbnb, it’s an app where you can search for places (that aren’t necessarily hotels) to stay, at a much lower cost. Prior to our trip, we picked out the Airbnb, which was a nice apartment close to the Downtown Toronto area. We made sure that we got the payments in and that we were communicating with the hosts (i.e the people who were letting us stay in the place).
We also Rented a Car
So within the group of friends, we had someone who works at Enterprise and was able to swing a minivan for us. Which helped us immensely, because we didn’t have to Uber anywhere!
We had designated drivers too, and I was one of them. It was honestly crazy to see that for as much as I’ve been to Toronto, I had no clue where we were going that first day, I had to have waze on at all times.
Once we got the car and the place settled, we were able to enjoy our first night together as a family!
Spending Time in Downtown Toronto
Downtown Toronto is literally where the magic happens! This part of Toronto is always buzzing with tourists and people at any time of the day. I had gone out earlier that day to downtown Toronto with my cousin to get some food and they took me past the mini Times Square which is called the Yonge-Dundas Square.
That night, my friends and I ate at this amazing Italian restaurant called Scaddabush right in Downtown Toronto.
It was so fun, catching up and telling stories with each other from the trip we all took a year ago in Australia. That first night was a pretty chill night, as most of us were pretty tired from our flights that day, so we didn’t do much other than go out to dinner.
The next day, we went out to hit up all the tourist spots in downtown! We started the day with brunch at this awesome restaurant, recommended by one of our tour guides (i.e one of our canadian friends) called Eggspectations. The food was absolutely delicious and I recommend the place to anyone who is looking for a brunch in Downtown.
We later then walked around this street fair that was going on and we managed to snag a couple of photos right where the toronto sign was!
We then went back to the car and went to the Canadian National Tower, more commonly known as the CN Tower for short. It is the classic tourist destination! Even though it was riddled with a lot of tourists, the trip there was well worth it!
And the views are amazing from the Tower as well!
Then we went out to the Graffiti Alley, which was amazing and we even got to see some artists touching up their work!
It was so humbling to see this display of creativity all along some abandoned buildings.
Once we got our photos taken, we got back to the car and went back home to change for another night out! That night we went out to Hotel X, the skybar and restaurant where we got an amazing view of the city at nightfall.
Once the night was over, we went back to the Airbnb and chilled for a bit, before passing out.
The next day we got up kinda early, because we had planned a road trip to the falls! Before all of that, we went over to our friends house for a really nice breakfast. We laughed and shared some more stories, as well as wonder how their mom really made her baked goods!
From where we were staying, the falls were about an hour and forty-five from us, with traffic. We got to Niagara-on-the-lake, where we stretched our legs and headed towards a restaurant that was super classy!
Then we went to a butterfly conservation before finally arriving at the falls!
The falls, as usual, was riddled with tourists, but we didn’t let that stop us from having fun and taking in the beauty of the mist and rainbow that radiated from the falls.
Prior to leaving and making the trek back home, we went out for some dinner. As we ate, I couldn’t believe that it was our last night eating dinner as a family. We really did so much in the last couple of days, we shared so many unique memories, shared laughs, and exchanged more stories. Needless to say, It was a beautiful reunion and I hopped on my flight early the next day, with a part of my heart in Toronto.
I’ll return to the six very soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my trip to the six. If you want to catch up with me or find out where I’m traveling to next, follow me on instagram!
Sending tons of love and light your way,