It’s no secret that I love Canada, specifically Toronto. Back in 2006, yours truly spent an extended period of time exploring the great city of Toronto all by myself. When you’re all by yourself in a big city, and you’re forced to go out and interact, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have because you’re forced to be strong, adventurous, and independent. Not that I was ever sheltered, but I had never really lived on my own before in a big city (in a non-collegiate type situation). Toronto was the first time in my life when I was out on my own in a “foreign” country (it’s not that foreign really) in my twenties. My time there was very “Eat, Gay, Love.”
If I had to describe Toronto in a nutshell, I would say that it’s sort of like a cleaner New York, except the people are nicer and collectively cuter. Don’t get it twisted: I’m not saying that I feel that Toronto is derivative, but if I were going to compare it to a similar city, New York would be it. Another thing I love about Toronto is that it’s a very walkable city. There is a very efficient, organized commuter transit system, and while people do drive, many people are out and about walking around and exploring as well. I had a great time walking around Bloor Street (the Rodeo Drive/Michigan Ave/Newbury Street of Toronto), shopping and soaking up the sights. In downtown, Bloor Street meets the U of T campus, and it’s exquisite. The gardens are extremely beautiful, well-kept and manicured, and all the trees and greenery right in the middle of downtown make it very special. It goes without saying that there are tons of delicious, diverse restaurants in Toronto, so there are tons of options for good dining. Plus, there is a huge gay scene in Toronto, and I had many fun nights at Woody’s (a very appropriate name for the venue). Since my time in Toronto was a highly romantic, exciting time for me, I plan on re-creating my magic by visiting Toronto in June 2011 for PRIDE. And while I’m there I’ll be hanging out with all my best Toronto girlfriends (Sade & Dean) like hey hey hey!!! If you haven’t been, be sure to visit because it’s amazing. I can’t wait.