Toronto Day 1: A Fast-Paced Metropolitan ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

So finally itโ€™s summer and my sabbatical has also officially begun! ๐Ÿ˜Ž And this August, I have planned for a long trip away from the UK as I will be visiting both Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ for the entire month, so let the adventure begins! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Amazing scenery of Greenland as we flew over on the way to Canada โ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

Jetting off from Glasgow Airport in the early morning (spent a night over there after taking a bus from Edinburgh), the flight โœˆ๏ธ lasted around 7.5 hours before landing in Toronto. Though I had been running very low on sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ช since leaving home, but I managed to muster enough energy to head to downtown after checking into my hotel located near the Pearson airport.

Terminal changing train

From Terminal 1 Pearson airport. one may take the UP Express at the cost of just under CA$13 to Union Station in downtown (and they only offer one-way and no cheaper return optionโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ) I stayed near Terminal 3, but it was a very easy change to Terminal 1 using the free terminal changing train.

Union Station in Toronto Downtown

Toronto was a huge, busy metropolitan (in my opinion, rivals New York!) and a fast-paced city with an almost futuristic feel to it. I was a bit blown away by the intensity at first, but at the same time, it was totally unforgettable. ๐Ÿ˜Š

What a metropolitan the city is! ๐Ÿ™
Trio of tacos for lunch! ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ
Loving the skyscrapers!
Busy busy busy!
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After a brief lunch break, I headed to Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to board the ferry โ›ด heading to Toronto Island Park. The glorious sunny weather was perfect for a combo of sailing, park day and being by water! ๐Ÿ˜†โ˜€๏ธ

Terminal entrance
Boarding the ferry
Amazing skyline of Toronto! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
โ›ด โ›ด
Toronto Island Park
Pier sea view (not going to lie but there was an awful stench by the beach there!! ๐Ÿคข)

I also visited the Franklin Childrenโ€™s Garden – temporarily turning back into a kid again as I navigated around the bushes and joined in the scenes! There was something quite magical about it!

After boarding the ferry back to the main land of Toronto, there were forecasts of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms ๐Ÿ˜จ (and also just when I left my umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚ in the hotel!) But, after some initial hesitance, I decided to take the risk and walk to Chinatown for dinner – praying I could make it back before the rain falls! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ

Toronto Chinatown

Toronto Chinatown was certainly unlike any in the UK – the moment I entered the community I completely felt like I was back in Hong Kong/China and the nostalgia hit me like a ton of bricks. After some wandering around (it was so big and I was totally spoiled for choices), I managed to find an eatery that really resembled those I used to visit as a child in Hong Kong and ordered some old classic favourites. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Squid fish balls and my favourite childhood drink- soya milk! Classic combo!
Bean paste mince noodles was one of my favourite comfort food as a kid! This one was so gigantic though that I had to take a doggy bag home ๐Ÿ˜‚
Even the ticket brought back so much memories! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
Yakult bubble tea! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

And it turned out the weather forecast didnโ€™t happen ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†, so I skipped down the streets of Toronto with my takeout bag and bubble tea in hands as I crashed into a deep sleep back in my hotel room! ๐Ÿ˜ด A long day was finally over!

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