You may recall that I occasionally decide it would be really fun to drive somewhere. Like Texas. Or Denver. And then Nick points out the distance and difficultly.
When I pulled it up on Google Maps it said it would take me 378 hours. Then I realized it had defaulted to the walk option. (Also, I'm a fast walker, and am confident I could do it in like 350 hours.)
Even so, it is almost 1,200 miles far, and I'm not sure how we will go. We have time to decide.
But. I still haven't told you about last summer when we drove to Canada!
We drove to Canada. My car was in park when I took this picture.
We figured we'd get as far as we could--hopefully Buffalo--sleep the night, and then drive to Toronto the next day. I was going to call Nick when we knew where we'd stop for the night so he could get a deal on reservations online.
About an hour out of Buffalo I got the kids to get out of the car and use the bathroom at a very clean convenience store by saying, "Nana will buy you candy if you try to pee pee."
I'm not proud of this, but it worked, and let me just be totally honest and say I am not above blatant bribery.
Nick asked if we could make it to the Canadian side of Niagara. I polled my passengers, who said, "Sure!" So I said, "Sure!"
We were super bummed that they didn't stamp our passports at the border. We also didn't jokingly ask for asylum. Best not to push the humor with border police.
I mean, I it's all fun and games until you're in isolation getting a cavity search.
So I just said we're here to visit old friends and we'll be staying for five days and then heading straight back home and thank you very much for letting us in.
The next thing I did was get stuck in the E-ZPass lane for the toll. I was all, "Look, they have E-ZPass! I have E-ZPass!"
But! I don't have Canadian E-ZPass! I...couldn't pass. And then a van pulled up behind me. And I got all panicky. Then the van driver signaled for me to back up, and I was trying, but I am a sucky backer-upper and there wasn't much room.
And then a lovely man opened the gate for me and we drove forth into Canada. EZ!
Nick had booked a room with a spectacular view.
And then! Then Toronto! Oh my gosh, Toronto is incredible!
We headed straight for Sophie and Sean's house. Sophie had organized for us to stay the house of one of her friends who was away for the week. So we were super comfortable in a truly lovely nearby house.
Sophie, one of my dear Delhi high school friends, immediately poured us wine in cups from her childhood days in Pakistan. Sean grilled. Our children began playing with each other.
They taught us how to ride the streetcar. Toronto has amazing public transportation.
We went downtown. We hung out at the Toronto sign. We shopped.
We went to the Don Valley, which houses an old brick factory. It's a gorgeous, giant park right in the middle of a huge city.
Also! We had ice cream with maple sugar. Which is what I imagine pixie dust tastes like.
|Taught me how to walk this way...|
One night we walked over to a local brewery. While we were there a new brewery opened up across the alley from Sophie and Sean. Our last night, we tried poutine.Yum!
Sophie and her family were the most extraordinary hosts. Toronto is an incredible city. We all loved it. I could spend so much more time there. And now I know how to drive there and back.
So maybe we will.