Friday, August 29, 2014

Canada Adventure Coming to an End

Only two more days folks and my two week adventure in Canada will come to an end.  And what a wonderful time I am having.  

The weather has been absolutely fabulous every day since I arrived on August 15th.  The forecast for tomorrow is in the eighties.  Thank goodness we didn't have those kinds of temperatures while I was here because my host's house doesn't have air conditioning.  

Yesterday we took to the streets of Toronto again.  Each day is an adventure.  Yesterday we made a stop at Starbucks.  Ask me how many Starbucks there are in Toronto.  Go ahead.  How many?  A LOT.  My host drinks a lot of coffee so we make frequent Starbucks rest stops.  Yesterday there was a particularly effective screaming baby in the Starbucks we stopped at.  My eardrums can't take it so I escaped to the sidewalk cafe accommodations. 

We took in an afternoon matinee.  My host suggested the movie "Sin City." 

All I can say about this movie is "Little House on the Prairie" this isn't.  




The movie cineplex where we attended the matinee
The cineplexes here in Toronto are gigantic.  And expensive.  To attend "Sin City" yesterday (in 3D) the total cost for me and Pat was $27.00.  Popcorn $7.00, includes butter.

The lobby of the Odean Cineplex

Well folks, just as I'm settling down to a routine: lunch at Aroma Cafe, roam around Toronto in the afternoon, dinner at an Indian restaurant in the evening, and finish the day with two games of Scrabble (which I have yet to win) it's going to be time to bid a fond adieu and return to the culture wars of the U.S., which I didn't miss one bit while I've been away.

Time to wrap this blog posting up and make tracks out the front door for our adventure today.  Pat suggested going on the trolley and see where it takes us.  Sounds good to me.


Raybeard said...

I wouldn't have put you down as a popcorn muncher. Is it something you picked up from Pat? Afraid that if I were to see a film with a similar I'd be seeking another seat at a fair distance. But we all have our own peculiarities and hang-ups, don't we?

If I convert $27 into sterling, admission price for two for a 3D film (plus popcorn!) doesn't sound too bad too me. In fact it's cheaper than nearby Brighton's Odeon (for 2 X seniors) and would be only about 2/3 of London prices, though London is one of the world's most expensive cities - it may even currently be THE priciest.

So, the end approacheth. You've had such a good, near-perfect time are you looking to repeat the experience sometime? The answer, surely, is "Yes".
Hope you can manage to win that game of Scrabble before you leave.

Amanda said...

As I was watching the video, I was thinking it was going to be hard leaving this beautiful city and of course, Pat. Enjoy your last 2 days!

nitewrit said...


Well, prepare yourself, we are about to begin a heatwave with temps in the 90s and very high humidity to greet you back.


the dogs' mother said...

Is 'eh?' a proper word in Scrabble?

Jon said...

$27 for a movie ( two tickets, I assume) and $7 for popcorn - - WOW! Times have changed.since I was a kid.
I think the last time I went to a movie, Rudolph Valentino was appearing in "Blood and Sand".

If there's one thing I can't stand it's a screaming kid. I would have poured the hot coffee on him (I'm jesting....maybe.....)

It hardly seems possible that your two weeks are nearly over. They were certainly packed with fantastic memories and I enjoyed reading about them.

Ron said...

The most I can tolerate paying for a movie is $8.00. I prefer waiting for the DVD and seeing the movie in the comfort of my own home.

Screaming kids (babies - and I don't blame them I blame the parents) not only are annoying they actually hurt my eardrums with their piercing screams. But the moms insist on bringing out their little darlings so every one can enjoy their little miracles.

Wasn't that a fast two weeks? I still have a lot more to share, just don't have time now to post everything. We're off again this morning on another adventure.


Ron said...

You're right, I'm not a popcorn muncher. Pat is the popcorn muncher. He keeps offering my popcorn but I turn him down. I never got into the habit of eating popcorn at the movies. Juje Fruits and Goobers Peanuts maybe but never popcorn.

I almost won a Scrabble game but Pat pulled a Bingo on me right towards the end. SOOOOOOO frustrating.

pat888 said...

Hey Ron - we've managed to have a great holiday every step of the way. And wow - what luck with the weather. No sweltering heat wave.
Sin City was interesting but waaaay over the top. First instalment much better. If we went on cheap tuesday it would have been less. And in many ways Toronto is cheaper than the biggies of London, Tokyo and New York. The Air Show is on today - hope we can catch a little of that. At any rate - it will be another adventure somewhere in Toronto.

Ron said...

You're right, it will be hard leaving Toronto and Canada but I am looking forward to being back home again in my regular routine. One more day!

Ron said...

I haven't missed the heat and humidity at all the past two weeks. NOT AT ALL.

Ron said...

the dog's mother,
I believe it is. :)

MAC said...

I've enjoyed sharing your journey.

I hope you have a FABULOUS Labor Day Weekend!

Ron said...

Thank you MAC. The same to you!

Ron said...

So you think "Sin City" was a tad over the top. Hmmmmm. . . . I would say so. I'm looking forward to yet another great adventure in your wonderful city of Toronto. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful hospitality.