Explore. Dream. Discover.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails. 

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- Mark Twain

Two months ago, I set off on an excursion with my aforementioned best friend, Emily, through four major Canadian cities during Memorial Day weekend. We literally went just

because we could. Plus, Emily had never been to Canada before, allowing us to use that as a "valid" excuse. We spent less than 24 hours in Toronto and the weather was not particularly pleasant, leaving us with an unsatisfying judgment of the city. A few things we wanted to do just didn't seem as appealing as the sky looked like it was going to fall on us at any moment. Because of that, we skipped ahead to the rest of our itinerary.

As I mention in

this post

, we met some other international travelers along the way and managed to keep one around longer than we expected. An English fool named Liam actually agreed to spend a solid amount of time with us and didn't appear to be too scarred by the end. We all kept in touch once we parted ways, which is one of the great things about meeting people when you travel. 

Fast forward...I returned to Toronto on a long weekend excursion after hearing so many intriguing things from Liam about the city that Emily and I completely missed. Like the quote says above, I did not want to be disappointed with myself in the future for not taking advantage of an opportunity to give Toronto one more chance. So I did!

Liam showed me around the city and even took me canoeing in the Toronto Bay, where he occasionally takes canoe tours as a side job. The weather was amazing and the views were continually stunning. Seeing the city from the harbour was breathtaking, especially as planes took flight right over our heads. I'm almost positive Liam and I did not stop laughing as the weekend rolled along and the ending of it all was bittersweet. This trip was just what I needed to hold me over until the Colorado chapter begins. I owe Liam a lot for showing me such a great time -- certainly won't forget it.

{Queen's Park Legislative Building. Great lawn for a nap.}

{The name of my parents' former restaurant}

{Union Station. There's something about the flag colors and shadows that caught my eye.}

{Wouldn't want one of these guys sitting on my head}

{CN Tower}

{View from the lookout floor}


{Looking straight down through the glass floor = terrifying.}

{Sitting on the glass floor 1,122 feet high -- most unnatural feeling ever}

{Beautiful city}

{Frame in a frame}

{At night, Toronto is just as spectacular as it is during the day}

{The start of our day on the water}

{Nice place, huh?}

{Need to learn how to sail...ASAP!}

{My personal tour guide}

{Like a scene out of Mary Poppins}

{Sunglassed stud}

{Zack Morris would definitely ride in that whip}

{Liam behind the lens. Candid!}

{Absolutely corny. Love it.}

Hasta la vista,