Right after the July long weekend I hustled back to Saskatoon to change-up my luggage and then it was back out the door and on my way to Toronto for work and pleasure. Kerry’s sister joined me on the trip so we had two days to explore Toronto and surrounding areas before my work conference began.
We started off the trip by crossing a bucket list item off – taking in a Blue Jays game. Considering they were playing the Kansas City Royals, the team that beat them out of World Series contention last year, I was anxious to watch the match-up and take in my first Major League Baseball game. It definitely didn’t disappoint! I’m a sports nut and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching fans of the game wearing their team colours, singing the songs, and participating in traditions. It was a successful night for the Jays, with a 5th inning of home runs for the boys in blue. We were so happy. Another highlight of the night for me was finally meeting my Twitter friend Jennifer in real life. We became friends as I moved to Edmonton and she moved away to Toronto. Although we had never met face-to-face, over the years we have exchanged cards, gifts, emails and texts and it finally felt like meeting an old friend.
The next morning came early for Karla and I as we hopped at VIA Rail train from downtown Toronto out to Niagara Falls. No matter how many times I visit Niagara Falls I am always humbled by the sheer size and force of them. We wandered around the falls and took video and pictures, but it was steamy hot out so we retired indoors for lunch in air-conditioned comfort. We made a quick trip to the Hershey’s store for candy and souvenirs and then we were back on transit making our way back to Toronto.
I had enough time to take quick shower, make a quick wardrobe change, and then it was off to the opening reception from my work conference. It was hosted in the Hockey Hall of Fame which is a whole other level of cool. I wish I had more pictures of the night, but we were busy networking and helping out so the photos didn’t happen. I can’t wait to go back and spend a few hours poring over hockey history though, it is such a cool place.
The rest of the trip was spent with meetings and networking for me, but on the last day, the conference wrapped early so I made plans to catch up with an old Mount Royal University Public Relations classmate of mine. Riaz has been between Calgary and Toronto for a few years now, and I’m so happy that our paths could cross and we could grab lunch at the St. Lawrence Market.
I love that I can still return to places that I have explored numerous times and find something new that I had never discovered before. I can’t wait to get back to Toronto again for the adventure!