08.04.2009 - 15.04.2009 16 °C
Well we arrived in Toronto at 6am pacific time but in our time it was 3am!! so when we got in to our room at the hostel we couldn't find and couldn't get in to when we did find it, we were absolutely wiped out!! We decided that sleep was the top priority so after a few hours we went out exploring.
We headed downtown to the CN tower, and since it used to be the tallest building in the world, its still not far off, we thought we should fork out the $20 and go up to the top! the view was pretty good up there you can see the whole city and lake Ontario which is hard to believe it is a lake!! the thing is HUGE!!!! it looks like an ocean. After we walked round the city a bit more we headed back to the ghetto hostel and bought food to cook for tea. a very exciting pasta, tomato sauce and pepperoni!
The day after we got up and headed back down to the CN tower area to the Sky Dome (Rogers center) stadium to the baseball game. We picked up a hot dog each from the street vendors in true baseball style and got out of the bitter cold in to the covered, air conditioned stadium to see the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Detroit Tigers! Detroit started well scoring 2 in the second innings but the blue jays fought back with a big 5 in the 5th innings and then another in the 8th! it was too much for the tigers and it finished 3 hours after the start 6-2 blue jays!
After the game we were used to the warm so we quickly got off the streets and went down in to the 27km of underground tunnels under the city centre, with shops and restaurants etc.
We got up the following day and checked out and took the subway to the greyhound station where we took the bus to Niagara falls. we arrived around 4pm so we decided that we would see the falls the next day, so we booked in to a motel and watched a load of greys anatomy on the internet! haha. its quite nice doing nothing sometimes when you've been sightseeing every day.
So on the saturday we got up and checked out then walked down in to downtown niagara. The town is a bit of a dump to be honest, its FULL of tourist crap!! its such a trap, everything is over priced and tacky. Its so weird because once you walk down this street past all the haunted houses and rubbish wax museums the falls are right there!! and they are amazing! you see the american falls first, the least spectacular of the two but still impressive and more so from the ice formations around the base! then further down away from the town are the canadian falls (horseshoe falls) which are just brilliant. The roar of the water is deafaning. The maid of the mist, the boat that takes you out to the base of the falls was still sidelined for the winter due to the ice going over the falls. So instead of the boat we decided on going behind the falls through the tunnels which was pretty cool! After the falls we had some time to kill before our bus so we sold out and had a round of glow in the dark crazy golf and a couple of games of pool. At 8.30 we took a coach canada bus over the border to Buffalo, NY where we bought a connecting bus to Boston. The bus took all night and went a really strange route, meaning we had to actually change bus in New York City at 7am and then we eventually arrived in boston at 11.30. Jo got plenty of sleep as usual and i got none so we were pretty tired when we got to the holiday inn we got a bargain on! we pretty much had a nothing day talking on skype and walking round the local area.
On monday we had to move to a hostel and the best option we could find was the YWCA...it was pretty terrible! old hospital beds and a TINY cupboard of a room and the bathrooms were just as bad! so naturally we didn't want to spend too much time there so we walked up to boston common and started the boston Freedom Trail. The trail goes all round bostons historically significant sights, the start of the resistance to british rule etc. We saw john hancocks grave and where they read out the declaration of independence etc. It ended up taking us about 6hrs with various detours and we got to see most of boston on foot!
On tuesday we got on the subway and headed out to cambridge and famous Harvard university. We looked around the town for an hour before we picked up a free student led tour of harvard which was really interesting! the campus is all really nice and last stop was the statue of John Harvard, or the statue of 3 lies. It has the wrong date of the founding of the uni, it states harvard as the founder of the uni which he wasn't, and infact the statue is not even john harvard because a fire destroyed all pictures of him and no-one knows what he looked like!
On wednesday we made our way back to the greyhound and took the local bus to White Plains, just outside New York City where we met Maria who is Jo's borther in laws, auntie!
Thats all for this one! more coming very soon along with the pics!!
Love Rob and Jo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx