Week 3

Toronto Travel Blog

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Sunset over Toronto from the Centre Island ferry
Last week was much better weather with no torrential downpours and now it's boiling again and I'm wondering whether the fact that I hate heat is going to spoil Cuba for me... Week 3 was good placement-wise, with a lot of strange goings on on the ward. There have been quite a few characters, but a lot of learning points along the way - I've fortunately found the eating disorders part of the rotation quite interesting, despite that not being my purpose in coming to Toronto, but I still prefer the Young Families and Complex Adolescent clinics - there I can eat a mars bar guilt-free without reading the calories off the label.

On the topic of food, as it was the fellow, residents and other med student's last week, we were taken out for lunch on friday afternoon by the fellow and staff physician, which was also good.
Food has seemed to be the theme of the entire trip, us having been out for a few more intense meals last week, but I'm not sure if I'm just hypersensitive about it being on the ward that I am. Earlier in the week we went to Greektown for (you guessed it) greek food and we finished off the week on Friday with a steak dinner with John and Peter at a place called Barbarians, where Peter had a 24oz (or maybe even bigger) porter house steak. Crazy. The highlight of that night for me was not the steak, but the chocolate house in the shape of the restaurant filled with chocolate mousse that I had for dessert - mmmm.

That night we went to the med students' end of year party at a karaoke bar, but unfortunately didn't have opportunity to sing. The Canadians wanted us to do a Spice Girls number, but we spent too much time arguing about who would be Posh.
Centre Island
On Saturday we went to the Distillery Historic District on the east side of town, which was really nice with lots of galleries and cool shops, and brides & grooms having their wedding pictures... Then I gave in and we saw the Simpsons movie at the cinema (payback for Hairspray) but it was quite funny, I suppose.

Sunday we ventured even further east to a neighbourhood called 'The Beaches' where surprisingly enough there were some...beaches! It was so strange to be in the city one minute then in a holiday resort the next - it was really hot, but we didn't fancy chancing a dip in the lake - we heard more than one passing canadian say they would never go in... I'm assuming all the bathers were foreigners, but they were all in one piece so it can't be THAT polluted... In the evening we went back to the Persian restaurant (Pomegranate on College St), which was lovely once again.
Toronto by night from the Centre Island ferry


Last night we went across to Centre Island after placement hoping to rent a bike and cycle around before sunset, but the sun went down as we got the ferry across and everything was closed, so it turned into a photography session for Alex while I hopped around swatting mossies. On the way back over the city looked amazing all lit up and it was just as scenic as the day if not better, so it was definitely worth going later on.

Tonight I've done a bit of souvenir shopping while alex is on an evening shift and later in the week we're planning to go to a camp Belgian cabaret and the more tame Royal Ontario Museum, and hopefully pack and sort out things for leaving for Cuba on Saturday. It's been an amazing trip so far and I've loved it all, but I'm starting to feel like going home won't be all that bad :D

Looking forward to seeing you all soon - lots of love x x x

here's a couple of Alex's arty pics to start before I get mine uploaded... :p




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Sunset over Toronto from the Centr…
Sunset over Toronto from the Cent…
Centre Island
Centre Island
Toronto by night from the Centre I…
Toronto by night from the Centre …
Peter and Leila, one of the reside…
Peter and Leila, one of the resid…
Peter and his porterhouse at Barba…
Peter and his porterhouse at Barb…
Me enjoying the roof of my chocola…
Me enjoying the roof of my chocol…
John at Barbarians
John at Barbarian's
Karaoke night
Karaoke night
Peter and Evan at karaoke
Peter and Evan at karaoke
Alex and Evan at karaoke
Alex and Evan at karaoke
On the beach
On the beach
More Toronto skyline at sunset...
More Toronto skyline at sunset...
Toronto
photo by: yasuyo