There and back again: Toronto to Mon­treal

ELLE (Canada) - - Escape - – Victoria DiPlacido

I’ve made the trip be­tween Toronto and Mon­treal enough times that I don’t need to open the Waze app to get there. Four years at McGill Univer­sity, plus ap­pear­ances post-grad­u­a­tion at mu­sic fes­ti­vals, brings my roundtrip to­tal to the dou­ble dig­its. Go­ing by car isn’t the fastest way to get there, but I love the pre­dictabil­ity of the drive: There is a req­ui­site stop in Kingston, the halfway point, to get gas and food. (Ev­ery­one will de­cide on Wendy’s.) Gas-sta­tion candy will al­ways be pur­chased and con­sumed with aban­don. And then there’s the ex­cite­ment of po­ten­tial road-trip com­pan­ions. If you grab a ride with friends of friends, you may even ar­rive with a date. I have. Road-trip tip: A work­ing aux cord and phone charg­ers are keys to the hap­pi­ness of all ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants. There is no awk­ward mo­ment or sleepy vibe that Nicki Mi­naj played at full vol­ume can’t turn around.

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