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.