Time travel exists. But it doesn't have to be dangerous or daring. In Ontario, you can easily time travel while staying 100% safe and still enjoying the 21st century standards for plumbing. Why not give it a chance then?
Living in Southern Ontario, I am not exposed to a lot of extreme environments. On one hand, it's nice to know that I will probably never die from a tsunami, a volcano eruption, or a land slide. And chances are my high-rise will never be destroyed by an avalanche, a flood, or a tornado. On the other hand, it's sort of a boring setting to live in. The forests and lakes in the vicinity of 3-4 hours from Toronto seem to be all the same. Yeah, we have Niagara Falls, of course, but after a while the novelty wears out...
That's why it absolutely blew my mind when one summer day last year I came out of a forest trail to a white boulder beach with clear azure water. This water had such an intense blue color that pines felt less natural there than, say, palms. The place had a strong Caribbean vibe. Yet there it was - the biggest discovery of the year, right here in Ontario.
A couple of weeks ago, when the temperature in southern Ontario went down to -37C, there was a rumor that Niagara Falls froze. The rumor was so persistent that it made news around the world. My dad called from Russia asking whether it was really frozen and if so where did the water go. Hmm, I was wondering this myself. Even though we live only 1.5 hours away from Niagara Falls, I've never been there in winter. Clearly - it was time to go.
'Changing City' was the topic of one of the assignments for my street photography class. Frankly, this kind of subject brings up mostly negative associations in my mind - gentrification of some areas, decadence of the others. But I decided to go positive this time by picking Evergreen Brick Works as a case-study. It's hard to think of another place that would better symbolize the positive change happening in Toronto right now.
Because of my trip to Russia, I missed this year's Zombie Walk in Toronto. But guess what? I still have pictures from last year and that's what I'm going to treat you with for Halloween!
Have you ever walked with zombies?
Quebec is a special place in Canada adored by some and misunderstood by others. It's as large as Germany, Spain, Italy and UK combined, and as French as... well, France. It's where the Canadian smokers live and - let's face it - the majority of drinkers too. It's a place close to home where you need to try just a little bit harder to get that coveted coffee at Starbucks. Just remember: it's "le lait", not "milk".
Hi, I'm Irina, and I am a travel addict with a full-time job.
This blog is about seeing the world and making the best of the limited free time we have.
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