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Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - Linda hoff­man

two ceNtS worth

OK, so this is how it all be­gan. as i said i spent last week­end at toronto with a friend and what a week­end it was.

lots of firsts for me. never rode the go train be­fore and although folks who are ex­pe­ri­enced will tell you there is noth­ing to it - there is some­thing to it. First, i couldn’t find the build­ing. i toured the lovely vil­lage of alder­shot sev­eral times and found the park­ing lot be­hind the go train build­ing but not the ter­mi­nal en­trance. al­ways afraid of be­ing late, i left home two hours early and it was a good thing since i only had 12 min­utes to wait for the train once i found the ter­mi­nal en­trance, pur­chased my ticket and de­scended into the tun­nel to find track 4.

a young mother, her two-year-old child and a friend boarded at the sec­ond stop. i was en­ter­tained by the mother try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate and rea­son with this un­happy, scream­ing child through the next three stops.

upon ar­riv­ing at union sta­tion some­thing un­ex­pected hap­pened. all along the route on one side or the other the doors would open to un­load or take on pas­sen­gers. at union sta­tion both doors opened. i looked in hor­ror at Jenny, the train am­bas­sador, who i had vis­ited with for over an hour. i said i didn’t know which side to get out. Of course, she didn’t know which side i should get out ei­ther. i said where i was sup­posed to go if my friend was not on the plat­form and a very kind lady al­ready out and wait­ing at the el­e­va­tor mo­tioned to me to come with her be­cause that was where she was go­ing. tourists!

af­ter wel­com­ing hugs at the york con­course then we took the sub­way, an­other scary thing for those not used to it, then walked what my friend said was six min­utes but seemed like six miles to me, to the apart­ment. city folks are used to walk­ing/ run­ning ev­ery­where while coun­try folk drive ev­ery­where so we view th­ese things com­pletely dif­fer­ent. a late sup­per and early night. big day to­mor­row.

a change of plans gave the op­por­tu­nity to sleep in. af­ter a late break­fast we marched the six “miles” to the sub­way and headed up, or down­town, never sure which. we vis­ited won­drous places like berczy Park in the mid­dle of a busy high-rise res­i­den­tial area and bustling com­mer­cial street. the park has been ren­o­vated re-open­ing in 2016. it fea­tures a play area for kids and treed sit­ting ar­eas where folks come to eat lunch, rest or just en­joy the park. in the cen­tre is a large two-tiered foun­tain made up of 27 life-sized stat­ues of var­i­ous breeds of dog all spew­ing water in hon­our of the golden bone on top. Peo­ple were tak­ing self­ies or hav­ing oth­ers take pho­tos of them with their favourite dog. From the park you get a clear view of the beau­ti­ful mu­ral by derek Michael be­sant on the side of the Flat iron (good­er­ham) build­ing. we con­tin­ued on to the st. lawrence Mar­ket where we wan­dered and picked up fresh mus­sels and bread for an early, light sup­per. we had toronto’s fa­mous peameal ba­con on a bun for lunch.

the jux­ta­po­si­tion of old, ar­chi­tec­turallysig­nif­i­cant build­ings amid the huge, mod­ern, mir­rored glass and metal build­ings of the area was cap­ti­vat­ing. it was good to see some of the con­tem­po­rary struc­tures, which seemed to en­gulf what came be­fore, main­tain the ex­te­rior fa­cade of the orig­i­nal build­ing in their in­te­ri­ors.

now, this is where you can re­live the ex­cite­ment of last week’s col­umn - Prince harry, bruce, bryan and randy. i know it’s con­fus­ing but... two­centsworth40@hot­mail.com

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