Updates from Toronto

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

When I initially planned this trip, I purposefully planned it around Thanksgiving so that it would be one less day to take off work. Today, being thanksgiving, is a day that my work is closed. I have tomorrow and Wednesday off of work. I am flying home on Wednesday afternoon.

I’m rethinking my Ottawa trip for my birthday right now. While this trip has turned around and gotten better since Saturday (largely thanks to better weather and staying away from grossly crowded shopping malls), I’m still thinking it might be smarter for me to stick closer to Alberta. There was a very uncomfortable conversation with an Uber driver who said ‘Albertans are assholes’ and then asked me where I was visiting from, it was another reminder that the rest of the country really doesn’t like our province right now. He was a perfectly pleasant man, and I completely understand his outrage with Alberta, I just feel like I’ll probably continue to run into this, so long as Alberta continues to ignore that COVID exists.

Anyways, I’m done with the whining.

I had a really nice day today. This city is quite beautiful when you look past the hustle and bustle, and really stop to see the culture. It’s a smorgasbord of the whole world in one city and it’s a beautiful sight. I feel as though that’s very weird phrasing, but I’m hoping that it comes across in the genuine way I mean it.

I’m going out for dinner tonight with someone I worked the world championships with back in 2015 and I’m really looking for to it. I’m really in the mood for a daquiri.

Fun fact about Ontario – they still sell their milk in bags. It’s like walking back in time 20 years.

Anyways, I’m going to go get ready for dinner.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful thanksgiving.

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    1. Soft plastics, like used in milk bags in Ontario, can only be recycled less than 10 percent of the time. Out West they switched from bags to jugs when I was a kid, because milk jugs are more likely to be recycled. Out in BC and Alberta we actually get 5 cents back when we recycle milk jugs.

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    1. Alberta, where I’m from, has 4 million people. Alberta averages like 2,000 new cases per day, lately.
      Ontario, where I’m at presently at, has roughly 14 million people. Ontario has 4,000 active cases, total.

      There are more cases in Alberta, one province, then there are in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario combined.

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  1. Well I hope you have a great evening. I should have said Happy Thanksgiving . Is it very different in Canada? It was never a “thing” for me as a kid, and I have never quite adapted after all these years. Now when I was young…daiquiris were my drink for a while! Hope you find a good one!

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  2. No need to apologise for the travel guide phrasing, haha! Though it’s appreciated 👍.

    Just say that you’re from somewhere else! In fact, just say you’re from BC, which isn’t even a lie! I’d just do that and avoid the whole drama lol.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Glad to hear that this trip has turned around for you, somewhat.

    And I have a hard time wrapping my head around milk in bags. My whole life I’ve ever only seen milk in big plastic jugs or cardboard cartons.

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  4. Happy thanksgiving! That uber driver really put his foot in his mouth Lol 😆 Never good to overgeneralize, theres’s always exceptions to geographic stereotypes!

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  5. Happy (belated) Canadian Thanksgiving, V! I hope it was a fun time out with your friend, and I hope you got your daquiri. I’d known about milk bags in Canada, but I thought they were more common than not? Maybe it depends on the province…

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  6. I remember milk in bags from living in Ontario many years ago.
    Glad your trip got better. My comment from your previous blog post re: Alberta still applies however.
    Be well, safe travels.

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    1. BC had milk bags when I was a kid. But, I remember I was probably ten or so when they ousted them for a more recyclable form of plastic. From what I can tell, though, they don’t do a ton of recycling here? Or at least they don’t encourage it. I see way more recycling options available in BC and Alberta.

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      1. Not a great recycling area methinks. Last time we were in Ontario we were driving and brought all the empty beverage containers back to Edmonton for recycle.

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