After Niagara Falls, we drove to Toronto to attend the R.E.M concert in the evening. We arrived early on a Sunday and it was hot and quiet.
We stayed at the same place as last time, the Neil Wycik College downtown which rent rooms during the summer. It’s cheap, the room are tiny (barely have room for two small beds and Feng actually slept on the floor) and the bathroom is shared with two entire floors (think drunk university students partying) but we don’t care since we spend most of the time outside.
One good thing in the place we stayed at is the rooftop, it has a really nice view of Toronto’s skyline.
We started walking around the city at noon. I hadn’t seen the City Hall plaza during the summer in a while and I could barely recognize it. Last time I was there, it was a skating rink!
This is Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. I love the little players on the wall!
In the afternoon, we walked in Chinatown, a huge district in Toronto, much bigger than the one in Ottawa. It was extremely hot and we kept on stopping by little shops to buy drinks. I loved the nuts, spices and veggies on sale on the sidewalk.
The business district was empty. Dominated by huge skyscrapers, the place is usually buzzing. A Starbuck in each block provides office workers with their morning drug and packed tramway stop every few minutes. But on Sunday, sounds are muffled and there are few pedestrians. We felt lost among the skyscrapers.
Sweaty, hungry and tired, we headed back to the hostel to take a shower and then go to the Ontario Place, where the concert was.