I visited Toronto for the first time recently (sadly, not for a flight simulator) and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
I’ve flown Pearson International Airport many times but never stepped out until I arrived a day early last month for my Ethiopian Airlines trip to Bangkok. The UP Pearson Express took me swiftly to the Park Hyatt Toronto and I was immediately impressed by the Yorkville neighborhood.
I think we all tend to form preconceptions of cities. Take my hometown of Los Angeles, for example. Mention LA to many non-Angelenos and you hear the same thing: horrible traffic, spread out, smog, etc…
But LA’s a lot more than horrible traffic. It is a rich, vibrant, diverse city that I am proud to call home. It’s a beautiful place to live.
In terms of Toronto, I sort of figured it would be the way people view Frankfurt or Brussels. A very sterile, boring, but livable city. I learned, or at least came to believe after two years there, that Frankfurt was far from boring. Perhaps I should have known better about Toronto.
Toronto is not a boring city. It has a little something for everyone.
You know me–I wanted Mexican food so I went out to the Distillery District with a couple Award Expert clients/friends.
Before dinner, we had a drink at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill. What a classy place with a nice spin on cocktails.
Then dinner at El Catrin, with amazing ambiance and great food.
I was impressed by Toronto’s architecture, food, architecture, Chinatown, and its efficient public transport. I look forward to returning…I’m sure there is a lot I missed.