Dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum
A big day this one, left Inglewood at about 10 a.m. with Mel¡¦s parents. Her brother Craig drove us to Yorkdale (with very little confidence and constant parent bickering) where we grabbed the subway. I jumped out at the Museum stop to visit ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), only $10 entry which seemed pretty good. Spent a couple of hours looking at dinosaurs and animal exhibitions before lunch (while dodging the school groups) but it was fascinating stuff. Only had a couple of hours in the arvo so covered the Islam and Egyptian exhibits (plus a bit of Roman) but still missed a lot. Met up with Mel and her parents at 4 in the Royal York hotel lobby, the timing worked out incredibly well considering I was adlibbing on public transport. So that gave us time to change in to my borrowed formal clothes and shoes too small for me.
It was strange, Mel and family seemed genuinely surprised that I hadn't packed much in the way of formal gear, I really didn't think I¡'d run in to too many hostels with a dress code. So drank some red wine at the hotel and then headed out for dinner up the CN tower. The view was incredible (about 350m up, the tower is about 550 m tall) and there's this part where you can stand on a glass floor and look down which was freaky, but a great experience. So we finished up there at just before 8 and walked down (ignoring the requests to be taken by rickshaw, in Canada!) to the Prince of Wales theatre. It amazed me how many homeless people were around in Toronto
though (and a busker with an electric guitar). So it was Lion King time, and this was just incredible. I had shivers down my spine the first note they hit, and as the animals walked down the aisles next to us. Capped off a great day!