The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! We are so excited to be going on this holiday to Toronto and we get to see Deepal getting married to his love, Sonam. 5 weeks away and a trip to the USA as well, this will be a much needed holiday for all of us!
We had an early start in Adelaide – it was freezing cold so a coffee was definitely needed before I could do anything. The excitement is showing on Sohan’s face even though it was 6am. I haven’t flown QANTAS in forever so it would be good to see how good they are compared to Emirates and Singapore. They were all friendly and the steward on the plane told Sohan some interesting facts about aeroplanes. And also that he could see the cockpit after the flight had ended. Unfortunately the pilots couldn’t stick around as they had to get to their next flight, but it was good for Sohan to see the plane from the driver’s seat.
Entering America is long and tiring. The security checks are numerous and annoying. But considering their fear of terrorist attacks, I guess it’s understandable. The one thing I noticed was the large number of immigrant workers. For a country that is fearful of immigrants, they seem to not have a problem with them working. In fact, it wasn’t until we went to TGI Fridays in the airport for some food where we encountered a “typical” American. They are friendly though which is nice.
After the excruciatingly long flights (20+ hours), we arrived in Toronto at around 10:30pm. It’s summer here and quite warm so it feels better than Adelaide which was freezing (for us anyway). We were all hot, bothered, tired and in my case at least, smelly. Thankfully, getting through customs was a painless affair… straight through with no questions… I think having an Australian passport helps too.
There’s nothing better than a hot shower and sleeping in a bed after a long haul flight. Even though our body clocks were out, I took a walk to the 24hr supermarket down the road at 2am and bought supplies while the others slept.
The family are all staying together in a massive house, but is ‘average’ sized for North America/Canada I guess. Everything is big here.
There’s room for 10 people and space inside to swing a cat. Every driveway (most, anyway) has a basketball ring which seems to be the norm here.
Today we are suffering from jet lag, and I’m getting the sweats when I begin to crash but will hold out as best I can until the evening to sleep. I went with Deepal to take his bride to be’s dog for a walk and gave me a good chance to check out the suburbs. Saw some mega mansions along the way too.
Haven’t had a good chance to take any decent photos yet but will have plenty in the coming days, especially when the wedding gets closer.