So I made my way off to Toronto just in time for Canada day! It's been a hugely fun adventure out here. I flew out from Manchester airport on Thursday, and stayed out in a café hostel when I arrived. I got given a bit of hassle crossing the border, which seems to happen to be every time I enter Canada. They pulled me over for wanting to stay 4 months, even though I'm perfectly within my rights to stay up to 6. I eventually spoke with a guy in immigration, and he let me go pretty quickly saying: "Honestly, I don't really have any reason to worry about you. You've got a strong immigration record everywhere else, and you have a pretty decent job, so there's no reason to suspect that you'd try to stay here."
I spent the first day relaxing. The hostel I picked was probably one of the best I've ever been to, located in a very interesting part of town as part of a coffee shop, which had a very fun and hipster atmosphere that made me feel like I was back in California again. The place was painted up to be very colorful, and had a very similar patterns and styles to the eastern fashion that I tend to really appreciate. The rooms were also all named after Canadian provinces, which I thought was a very nice touch. I saw staying in British Columbia, so it's just like Vancouver 2013 all over again!
I head out to the beach on the next day. I walked through a very colorful and eccentric neighborhood, that was also decked out in rainbows, and gave me a very welcoming vibe. Then I got to the beach, I walked through the water, climbed some of the rocks, and then sat to chat with a friendly local. The Toronto beach was very unique compared to many of the beaches that I've been to, because it's actually based out on a lake instead of an ocean. This means that it's actually a freshwater beach, instead of salt-water, and the waves are generally quite calm, making it a joy to swim around in.
Right now I'm staying with a host that I met on couchsurfing. I'm going to be celebrating Canada here with my host, and then I'm gonna be venturing off to new places. Stay tuned for more adventures!