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Living Underground?

Living Underground?

Hmm... That doesn't sound cool to live underground. But what if living in a city with thousands of underground shops?

Toronto is such a city with a lot of underground shopping malls that are all connected to each other, just like a huge maze under the city. This "system" is called the PATH. In fact, according to Guiness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex with 30 km (19 miles) of shopping arcades.

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The PATH Map (Source: toronto.ca)

You may say, wow, travelling to such a city is awesome because I can buy whatever I want. Well, yes and no. The price level seems to be pretty low, compared to London, UK - not the "fake" one in Ontario :P. However, I'll just give an example that is not cheap here - sim cards & cellular plans. Though GBP:CA$ is 1:2, the price here is 2x price in UK with the same allowances.

Well, the story is totally not about underground shopping.

It's still worth to walk around the city and experience another culture. Island Park is a must-go. The park is basically an island on Lake Ontario and you have to use the ferry to go there. You can buy return tickets for $7.25 per person, which is not expensive at all if compared to the Riverbus services in London. There are quite a lot activities that you may enjoy on the island, including the "clothing-optional" beach :D. I assume that it would be a great place to take night photos of the whole city but I couldn't managed to make it, which made me a little bit sad.

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Also everyone who goes to Toronto would like to visit CN Tower. They have the awesome glass floor allowing you to actually walk on it and look down through it. Down there is the Rogers Center with the huge Blue Jays logo in it. Or luckily, you might see Taylor Swift performing on stage. If you buy ticket for the SkyPod, the visibility can be over 160 kilometers, that means on a super clear day the Niagara Falls may be in your vision.

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Rogers Center from CN Tower

Shorter than the CN Tower, The Aura is a mixed-use skyscraper completed in 2014 and is Canada's tallest residential building. I had a chance to stay there for a few nights since my friend lives on the 66th floor. What I can only say is that the view is gorgeous, especially during sunrise and sunset. There is also a rooftop terrace on 5th floor that residences can use, but unluckily I didn't have enough time to check it out.

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Escaping to Canada is a kind of adventures but full of fun. It's just a whole new experience in my life. I now feel like living in London is really boring, well, just kidding. There are still a lot more for me to explore, maybe some nature stuff next time?

Already got back home.  - Clarence

Ontario "|" New York

Ontario "|" New York

"We're on a Rooftop."

"We're on a Rooftop."

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