About two months prior to spring break, I got stuck in a drained and idle mental state. I just felt uninspired. Lacking inspiration affects me a lot because I live for art and I love to constantly create. This trip to Canada really helped me gather myself together.
In retrospect, visiting Canada was never the plan but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made. I never expected to fall head over heals for Toronto. A month after the trip, I still harbour a nostalgic feeling when I come across the photos I took during the trip. I stayed and reunited with two close friends from middle school. They took the time to show me around the city, cook for me (one of them is in culinary school btw how awesome is that?) and even washed dishes. We spent hours talking and reminiscing about the bittersweet four years we had together. I’m eternally grateful to reconnect with them after three years. So thank you, Minh Chu và Nhỏ Bảo for everything. Yêu nhiều nhiều.
I don’t want to look like a typical tourist but I also cannot leave Toronto without visiting the gorgeous Casa Loma. The beautiful Gothic Revival styled castle captivates me, especially the indoor garden, which looks like a scene from a fairy tale movie.
We spent this beautiful sunny day on Toronto Island. Standing on the ferry you can see the city skyline, floating majestically on the glittering water. The breeze was too cold for a walk along the ocean but it was worth every minute.We then headed to the art, hipster district of Toronto, Queen Street West, for a nice coffee and bookstore break.This is my favourite corner of my friends’ house. Bao is an architect student and he keeps some of his art supplies here. They also have a record player which I’m obsessed with. My favourite moment is Sunday morning, drinking homemade coffee, listening to Zooey Deschanel warm, raspy voice on their record player.