Toronto Basics

If you think it’s impossible for a human being to lose their passport between the front door of their house and their car in the driveway, think again. My ever-so-responsible brother somehow managed to do this within a 30 second window. After 2 hours of searching the house and tearing apart my car, I took off and headed to Toronto alone.

I drove 5 1/2 hours without stopping, got through the border without any issues, and made a pit stop in London for gas and food. My Blackhawks hat was a hot topic of conversation at the gas station, and I had a nice chat about hockey for a good 10 minutes with the cashiers. I love Canada.

Continuing on down the road for another 2 hours, I finally made it into Toronto. Road construction and bad directions from Google Maps got me a little lost, but I managed and got into my hotel about an hour later than I had hoped.

I stayed at the Days Inn – Toronto East Lakeview and paid CAD$144 for two nights. I got a full night of sleep and woke up early to start exploring. As for the hotel, it was average. It could’ve been a little cleaner, but it was comfortable enough and worked out well. It’s located a short drive east of downtown.

For food, I at at Megas Restaurant in Greektown, on Danforth Avenue. Read about it here.

I drove and didn’t use any public transportation, but prices for parking were always fair.

A neighbor found my brother’s passport so he flew in and met me halfway through the day. He used Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is located 22.5km outside of the city center.

It would have been nice to have a little more time in Toronto to visit some museums and the islands, but I have a good excuse to go back and spend a few more days.

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