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it's morning, and I'm in Canada. - helen-louise
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it's morning, and I'm in Canada.
Things I don't recommend: travelling across the Atlantic Ocean on the first day of your period. If I did not have 30mg codeine phosphate on prescription, I don't know what I'd have done. I was taking alternating doses of painkillers: 1g of paracetamol then 30mg of codeine 2 hours later, and it was only relieving the pain enough that I wasn't screaming. Aspirin makes me wheezy and ibuprofen makes my throat close up, so the best thing for period pain, mefenamic acid, is verboten.

Anyway, we are now in Toronto. We appear to be staying exactly between the hippy/bohemian district and Chinatown, which suits me perfectly. Imagine an entire district like Brighton, but cheap. I don't know if it's the pound to dollar conversion, or simply that London is so expensive that anywhere else seems cheap. But we went to Whole Foods last night, a place that is generally considered "expensive", bought a ridiculously large amount of stuff, and it was under £20. The vegan chocolate mousse I bought would have been £5 or more at home, and it was CAN $4.80 - much less than half the price. And the Chinese restaurant on Spadina had main courses for $7-8, which turned out to be three times the size of main courses at home for £4-5.

We are going to Toronto Zoo today to see the wolves (yay!). I think we're meeting up with bcholmes & the_siobhan for dinner, though I don't know where yet. Guess I'll call one of them later on.

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From: skibbley Date: 29th June 2007 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for getting there OK, boo for bad period time. Enjoy!
judiff From: judiff Date: 29th June 2007 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
yay for wolfs
hope you are less icky soon and have fun in Canada
geminigirl From: geminigirl Date: 29th June 2007 17:44 (UTC) (Link)
Tylenol (aka panadol, I believe) with codeine and aspirin with codeine were, last I checked, available over the counter from Canadian pharmacies. I have with me also, tramadol, and as we'll see you tomorrow, let me know how you're feeling.

I will try and text you later today, or give a call on the cell, and I'll speak with you then (unless we're eating supper.)
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th June 2007 05:05 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you can get paracetamol (acetaminophen) with codeine in Canada just like you can in the UK - but the dosage in those tablets is reduced, only 8mg per tablet, making a maximum of 16mg per dose compared to my 30mg. Also taking two drugs together every 4 hours is less effective for pain control than alternating them so each drug has the 4 hour time interval but you only go 2 hours between taking something.

I didn't realise you had net access on your trip - I could have emailed you rather than trying to text. Oh well, I'll check my email now :)
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 1st July 2007 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
Hiya! I got asked what the plan for tomorrow (Monday) is. The ROM is open, if that interests you, from 10am - 9:30pm, as far as I can tell. Their message actually says, rather than that they're closed, that, "The ROM celebrates Canada Day week with extended hours." *shrug*

There was also talk of Tandoori House up by us or Kama downtown (also Indian) for dinner, so we were curious if you folk would be up for that. Kama would be buffet, so you may have less control over your food, although you can order a la carte rather than getting the buffet if you prefer. We were mostly thinking that it would save you having to trek all the way up to the northern hinterlands just for dinner.

Also, clawfoot was thinking of making you a vegan chocolate cake, but we weren't sure if you'd be able to eat it, because it might be too high-fat. I think she said that the cake, which I think is a 9" square pan, has a half a cup of canola oil in it. Any idea if that's okay / not okay?

Anyway, let me know what's up if you get this! We're at a wedding for the rest of the evening, unfortunately, but I'll make sure to check my e-mail before I hit the sack. I think you're at Niagara Falls all day, so you might not get this or if you do only late, but, we'll see.

Okay, I just looked at your schedule and it look like you've updated it with some info. I believe the Science Centre is also open. Both could be done that day, for sure, as long as you don't get museumed-out or standing-and-walking-slowlied out. The Science Centre is up closer to where we live. Either ordering works fine. The Science Centre appears to be open from 10am - 5pm.

In the evenings, it's the premiere of the Transformers if either of you are that brand of geek. I don't have my heart set either way, so it's no beans to me, but I thought I'd mention it in case either of you are super keen. Anyway, that's enough babbling. Look forward to hearing from you!
baratron From: baratron Date: 2nd July 2007 06:20 (UTC) (Link)
Today has been a very "argh" day due to a running out of prescription med emergency followed by insane traffic, then a nice dinner, followed by a crazy Bulgarian taxi driver ranting at us about the bombs in the UK ("how could we let it happen?"), a bus that was delayed, even more traffic because the Lake Shore road was all closed off and Gardiner(?) being slow all the way up to Dufferin. And then finally getting back into Toronto an hour and a half late to find the 505 streetcar was doing some other random diversion than the one earlier in the week, but none of the signs had been updated to show the new route, so having to walk to the hostel. Argh.

So our level of stress is high and level of organisation low. I did try to call you from the bus, but your home phone went to answerphone (presumably because you were at the wedding), and my reception kept cutting out, making it pointless to try your mobile.

I guess we will get up sometime in the morning and go to the Ontario Science Centre, possibly via Whole Foods or one of those Fresh places (any idea which one is nearest to us? They're all on roads that are near here, but the roads are long and I don't know exactly where to go) for some sort of breakfast/lunch. Are you interested in going to the Science Centre, or is it something you've done to death? I don't think we need to spend hours and hours there, but Richard is interested in the Omnimax from a technical point of view if there's time. If you meet us at the Science Centre, it doesn't really matter where we go for dinner: if it is near the Indian restaurant where you live and it's convenient, we can go there; or we can go to the one downtown. But I'd like to go to the Royal Ontario Museum in the evening for a couple of hours if it's open until 9.30pm.

Also, clawfoot was thinking of making you a vegan chocolate cake, but we weren't sure if you'd be able to eat it, because it might be too high-fat. I think she said that the cake, which I think is a 9" square pan, has a half a cup of canola oil in it. Any idea if that's okay / not okay?

That's very sweet. There's no real need for her to do that, because I'm finding plenty of friendly cakes & cookies in Toronto, but if she wants to make a cake I would be happy to help eat it :) Whether it's too high-fat depends on what else is in the cake. If it's made with melted chocolate, I'd say it's probably too greasy, but if it's made with cocoa powder, it may be ok. I don't know what the other ingredients are, but oil in cakes can be replaced with other sources of moistness, such as applesauce, mashed banana or soy milk. These are all reasonably good binding agents. Obviously, if soy milk is already part of the cake, it's not sensible to try replacing the fat with it as well, or you can end up attempting to use the same one ingredient for three ingredients in the recipe...

If you are worried about the keeping properties of a cake with no oil or margarine in, you can use half oil and half applesauce/banana/other fruit of choice. (I recommend apple, pear or banana simply because they're easy to obtain and not particularly highly flavoured - sufficient cocoa powder hides banana flavour if a person isn't keen on it. I do know someone with a banana aversion who used plum sauce in one of my brownie recipes, and she said it came out like black forest gateau - strongly flavoured, but in a way that went well with chocolate.) However, if it seems likely that the cake will be devoured in one or two sittings, it really doesn't matter how well it keeps ;)
okoshun From: okoshun Date: 2nd July 2007 15:02 (UTC) (Link)
One of those Fresh places (any idea which one is nearest to us?

I mapped out your location and you have two reasonable options within walking distance.

Option 1: King's Cafe is a vegetarian cafe that's around 2 blocks from your location in Kensington Market. You may want to call to see if they're open (416) 591-1340.

Option 2: Fresh on Queen Street, which is around 16 blocks from your location. Again, I'd call first to see (416) 913-2720.

rhialto From: rhialto Date: 4th July 2007 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, London is very expensive. According to this http://www.finfacts.ie/costofliving.htm it is the 2nd most expensive city in the world. Amsterdam (expensive already in my experience) is 25th.
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