72 Hours In Ontario

Over the weekend I took advantage of a stopover in Ontario on my way to Orlando. I managed to visit my family and friends in Acton and Toronto. While I couldn’t see everyone, I worked in quite a few.  

Also got to visit the awesome Christmas windows at Hudson’s Bay downtown after a fantastic lunch at Drake 150. The windows always gets me in a festive mood, and the food has always been great at this restaurant located downtown Toronto on Bay Steeet.  

Currently I’m headed to Orlando, taking the new UP Express Airport shuttle from Union Station. The price is a little steep at just over $27, however the trains are super modern and the trip is only 25 minutes long. Pretty impressed with it, there’s also free WiFi. I was going to use Uber, but didn’t want to get caught in traffic.
I’ve got a connection in Newark (ugh) then I’ll be arriving in Orlando just after midnight. Off to Universal tomorrow to see Diagonal Alley!

The Dirty 30…better late than never!

Dirty 30

To many people, 30 is a major milestone, but I don’t think every year you get older requires a big party. Believe it or not, I didn’t do anything on my actual birthday. I did however spend the week before visiting family and friends back in Toronto, Ottawa, the cottage more. That counts, right?

For my 30th birthday, I chose to postpone the celebration for a little bit later in the year. How am I celebrating you may ask? I’m taking the trip of a lifetime to Japan and Thailand…something I’ve wanted to do for over 10 years. I’ll be taking many flights and doing the whole backpacking thing that I’ve never made the time to do until now. I finally have the money, the great job and the ability to take a month off work to take the trip. The stars have aligned for this…and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll be spending time in Tokyo (including Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea), Bangkok, other as yet to be determined places in Thailand & SE Asia, plus a quick day in San Francisco on the way home. Why not?

I’ll be spending a month travelling to places I don’t speak the language, making friends with strangers, living outside my comfort zone in unfamiliar places and mist likely having a blast. That to me is the best birthday present I could ask for!

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