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trying to avoid the inevitable Terrance and Phillip earworm - helen-louise
trying to avoid the inevitable Terrance and Phillip earworm
We finally booked our flights to Canada!

Richard & I will both be on the Air Transat flight that leaves London Gatwick at 11:45 on Thu 28th Jun and arrives at Toronto Pearson International airport at 14:55 the same day. Richard is flying back on Wed 4th Jul at 21:50, while I'm staying on a few more days and flying back on Sat 7th Jul at 23:50.

We are at a wedding in Hamilton and unavailable all day on Sat 30th June, and we may stay over that night in Hamilton. But other than that we'll be in Toronto doing touristy stuff and wanting to hang out with people there. I especially want Richard to meet epi_lj, because I am convinced that they share a brain. bcholmes? the_siobhan? futabachan? okoshun? clawfoot? Anyone else I didn't realise was in or near Toronto?

Does anyone have crash space we could borrow for a while? We can theoretically afford a hotel for most of the time, because our flights were so scarily cheap that I'm convinced the aircraft is going to fall apart mid-Atlantic (though the website has won brownie points from me for having vegan listed as a standard option for airline meal). But it can sometimes be nice to stay with online friends even when you don't *have* to.

Current Mood: excited excited

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hobbitbabe From: hobbitbabe Date: 12th June 2007 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
Alas, the camp I am in charge of gets started with staff training on Fri 29 June, so I'll be waving from 3 hours to the east of you. I'm delighted to think of you being at a wedding in my hometown, though.
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th June 2007 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
Does that mean I completely miss you? We could make another trip later in the week, otherwise.
futabachan From: futabachan Date: 12th June 2007 02:41 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that we'll be in town that weekend, but if we are, we'd love to see you! And if you're staying through the 7th, that's plenty of time to hook up....
the_siobhan From: the_siobhan Date: 12th June 2007 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome to stay with us. I think I should warn you though, we have a lot of dust due to the renovations. We'll vaccuum if we know you are coming over, but it's still likely to be quite dusty.
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th June 2007 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
Mmmm, my lungs don't get on well with dust. We're talking plaster dust and things like that, yes? Probably be best to see you somewhere other than your house, then.

But we definitely must see each other, because it's been too long and I have a present for you. (I saw it while shopping for something else and it came home with me :D)
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baratron From: baratron Date: 13th June 2007 00:16 (UTC) (Link)
Sofa bed may do for a day or two, I'll see how it goes.

It's now looking like we might only be staying Thursday night in Toronto itself and be going to Hamilton on Friday, and not returning until Sunday. (Have to check what all the other #soc.biters plans are.) In that case, it would definitely be useful to have a sofa bed to stay on for the first night, because it's pointless checking into a hotel for one night. Then I guess we'll stay in a hotel in Hamilton on Friday & Saturday nights. We might end up in a hotel in Toronto from Sunday to Tuesday, but then I'll be wanting to stay with people where possible while I'm in Toronto by myself.

Is being there for Canada Day good or bad? I mean, is it the sort of holiday where all the shops and museums close and there's nothing to do except go to church and/or village fetes? Or does it just mean the city centre will be unusually busy on a weekday?
From: (Anonymous) Date: 13th June 2007 00:31 (UTC) (Link)
Banks and offices will be closed on the Monday. Museums will still be open. Some stores and restaurants may be closed, depending upon the willingness of the owner to pay overtime. There may be interesting things going on in the parks and at City Hall. And there will be fireworks!
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baratron From: baratron Date: 27th June 2007 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Heh - we're not sure where things stand either! Organisation has not been forthcoming due to my menstrual cycle and lack of desire to leak on other people's furnishings. We've decided it will be best to get a room in a hostel for the first couple of nights (before we go to Hamilton), so I have a private bathroom to use.

The place we've booked is the Toronto Travellers Home, 588 Dundas Street West - it's on the same map as your place, but east a bit (on the corner of Dundas Street W and Augusta Ave). We would love to meet up with you for dinner on Thursday or Friday, if you're available.

I have made a new post here with a chart of what we're doing when. At the moment it's a whole lot of empty.
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baratron From: baratron Date: 28th June 2007 00:55 (UTC) (Link)
That could work. You'll have to pick a meeting location that is easy for us to find :)
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 12th June 2007 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
You can certainly stay at our house in our guest room if you like. We have cats. I can't remember if that's an issue or not, but it's fair to assume that everything in our house has cat fur on it.

We have nothing on our schedules that I can see for that weekend!

Also to note: July 1st is Canada Day, and July 2nd, the Monday, is a holiday.

In addition, okoshun and I have passes to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario and we can get two guests in for free at the former and I think one guest in for free at the latter. Those also give us reciprocal memberships at a number of other museums and so on.
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th June 2007 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
I am randomly allergic to all non-human animals with fur, but how allergic I am varies from animal to animal of the same species, and is impossible to predict in advance. I don't seem to be particularly allergic to Ludy's cat Sylvia at all, although it helps that she's never tried to lick me. But I have been much more allergic to jinian and hoopycat's cats. It's weird and somewhat annoying.

I do have fairly effective allergy meds now, though, so I'm not too bothered about cats. It's dust mite that's the real problem. Blah.

I have a shiny new Rough Guide to Toronto because I figured my Rough Guide to Canada was completely out of date (bought it for alt.polycon 6, and I don't think it was that year's edition anyway). I will read it in my Copious Free Time *cough* and figure out what we want to do/see.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 23rd June 2007 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Well, let us know if you decide that you want to stay here. I looked through the other comments and wasn't really sure what the schedule is. :)
baratron From: baratron Date: 27th June 2007 22:23 (UTC) (Link)
Neither was I! I have made a new post here with a chart of what we're doing when.

I think we could be convinced to go to the Royal Ontario Museum. I very much like that it's open until 9.30pm on Friday & all weekdays in July - that's an aspect of civilisation that's barely made it over here. (The only museums in London that have a late night at all are the V&A and the Tate Modern.) I wonder if that means we could tack it onto the end of a day in which we mostly did something else? Hmm.

Looking at the gallery plan, I expect we'd mostly want to look at the natural history. The Bat Cave and Reptiles galleries sound good. Shame the dinosaurs bit won't be open until winter :( I like dinosaurs!

The Art Gallery of Ontario isn't really appealing because of the construction work - none of the exhibitions listed particularly appeal to me, and I haven't heard of any of the artists really. It might be interesting when the construction work is finished and the permanent galleries are open again, but not right now.

I think I or we would like to stay with you at some point next week. I'll be around on my own from Wednesday night until Saturday afternoon, and I don't want to stay in a hostel by myself after having had Richard around. I don't know how long you'd consider it reasonable to have house guests for (I know you live in a flat).
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 12th June 2007 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
Also, Hamilton is where okoshun grew up (and where her family still lives)!
okoshun From: okoshun Date: 12th June 2007 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
What If said, and that's the first week at my new job, but would be delighted to visit with you guys in the evenings.
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