Here I am in Toronto. I don't have lots of time, so I'm going to have to make this pretty short, but I think I can get some pictures up before the end of the post. :)
We spent a lovely evening at my Grandparents on Saturday, a nice break from all the hectic running around we had been doing earlier in the day and on Friday. Hey Maya, I managed to stop at Treego and show my Dad!!! Now HE wants to do it!!! :D Got to sleep okay with the aid of Gravol, and actually got up in good time, 4:20am or so. Seems like when you know you have something important to do, it's not that hard. So yes, we ate a little something (yogurt...not much) and headed to the airport. Nothing exciting, they didn't even check my metal-laden bag (flute, piccolo, digital camera and recorder, mp3 player......) and we were off! You know that Air Canada now has individual screens for each seat? So you can have your choice of about ten billion movies (some nice ones too, actually) and watch! They took away the meals, but they added screens. What's up with that? Lovely flight though.
On arrival in Toronto, my Mum's Auntie Ruth picked us up, and we went to her amazing, 1940s home. Lovely little spot. Another family member came to visit that afternoon, too. Monday morning, we went downtown, and my Mum showed us around. (She grew up in Toronto) Even went up the CN tower! And yes, Jen, I looked up Eglinton when we were there. Didn't get up as far as you were though. :( Took the subway, which was kind of a fun and new experience for me too. Then I dropped my camera on the glass floor in the CN tower, and jammed the lens. I wasn't happy. Camera didn't work!!! Nooooo!!! So we walked (and walked and walked) down to a camera store, only to have them say that it would cost $150 dollars to fix and I could get a new one for less, not a happy thought. My Dad then proceeded to realize there was nothing to lose, and just shoved the lens into place, and now it works again. Haha! Free fix! Except that we were WAY down there at the camera store. Did manage to get back to a subway station, and headed home. I really like downtown Toronto, I must say, the diversity, and all, but the noise....oh! I think I like my little island. Or better yet, stick my on the bumpy ferry and head me over to L******* island!!! Yay! I'm kind of sad I didn't bring my shirt that I made over there along. Oh well, no one knows what it is anyway.
Yesterday afternoon, we drove down to the house where my Mum grew up. It's changed a lot, apparently, and it was hard for her, but you know, when we went down to the little park where she used to play, I felt like I'd been there, like part of me was part of her, and I almost remembered playing there and laughing there with her. It was the strangest thing, and impossible to put into words. Beautiful, though. Made me cry, and I just lay there in the grass, tears streaming down my cheeks, feeling like I'd discovered a part of me--a memory--that I had never known existed. Still haven't figured it out.
In the evening, I sat on the lawn and stared at the moon, feeling its glow and it's beauty, and just felt like the faeries were all about me. I'm dreamy, I know, but it's so real.
Today, here I am, visiting a lady who used to be a neighbour to the house where my Mum grew up, Mrs. Arato, and she is the sweetest lady ever. Ah! I just feel so happy right now. I've cried a lot, I miss you all, and all my lessons, and my visits, and the ocean and everything, but I'm okay.
Off to Rome tonight, we leave for the airport in just over an hour. I think I'll have a computer there, so I'll hope to get another post done there. Many, MANY hugs to all of you, best of luck in everything.
Oh, and PLEASE do comment, even if you think you shouldn't, just do. :D
Here are the pictures!!! They are all out of order, I'm sorry. Captions underneath
First glimpse of the CN tower!
Reflection of the CN tower.
Hugging the CN tower!
Just about to leave from Victoria...love how the sun is over my shoulder, though it makes my face hard to see.
Last glimpse of my beloved trees. I miss home!!!
It's down island, but it reminds me of something...... :)
Hugs, again. :)