IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY IN THE TRUE NORTH – TORONTO ,CANADA – FIRST IMPRESSION OF TORONTO .

Your  plane  arrives  at  the  other Toronto  airport ,  the Billy   Bishop  Toronto  City  Airport .

You and   your  brother  can’t  believe  that  you’re  actually  in the   place  that  your  favorite  singer ,  Drake ,sings  about .

His hometown ,  the “416  “.

Although ,  the two  of  you  are going   to  find  out  just  why he  calls  it”The  416  “,  instead  of  its name ,  Toronto .

Your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  has  brought  the  two  of  you  out of   the  United  States  and into  another  country .

CANADA ,  THE TRUE  NORTH ! !

You  were wide  awake  for  the  short  flight  on Porter  Airlines  from  Newark  Liberty  Airport .

You  were  way too  excited  to  sleep .

Your  brother  and  your  grandparents ,  who came  with  you ,  slept  through  the  flight ,  but leave  it to   your  twin brother  to wake  up  just  as the  flight  attendants  came  around  with  the  food  and  beverage  cart.

Since  the  airport  is so  close  to  the  city ,  you  can  walk through  the  pedestrian  tunnel  to get  to  Downtown Toronto .

Your  grandparents  aren’t  having  any of  this  walking  through  tunnels  nonsense ,  so your  cousin  and  her  husband  are meeting  the  four  of  you  at the   airport  to bring  you  to your  hotel .

Your  brother  wants  to  get  some  coffee ,  but there  doesn’t  seem  to  be  any Starbucks  close  by .

Your  grandmother  tells  you  to  forget  about  “that  awful  expensive  stuff  passing  as coffee  at Starbucks  and get  some  real coffee ,  Tim Hortons . ”

Your  grandfather  nods approvingly .

The  two  of  them  seem  to  be  more  excited  about  this  Tim Hortons  place  than the   two  of  you  are .

Both  of  you  will  discover  on your   30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Toronto  that  Tim  Hortons  Coffee  Shops  are EVERYWHERE   in town   and they  just  don’t  sell coffee  and  donuts .

After  you  all  get  your  coffee ,  you  notice  the  money  you  got  back  from  giving  the  clerk  American  money .

“This  is  Canadian  money ?  It looks  mad funny ,  “your  brother  says ,  looking  at the  very  colorful  bills

Your  grandparents  tell  you  to look  at your  change because  you  might  just  have  a  “loonie” and   a “Toonie”in there .

You  look  at  the  two  of  them  as though  they’re  speaking  another  language .

They  aren’t .

You  both  figure  that  since  they lived  in  Toronto ,  they know  what  they’re  talking  about .

The Loonie   is a  $1 coin and the   Toonie  is a    $2 coin .

They’re  called  that  because  of  the  bird on  the  front  of  both  coins ,  known  as  the  Loon.

You  will  both  discover  that  the  only  coin  that  really  isn’t  used that  much  in Canada  are pennies .

So  if something  costs   $10.99,  it’s  rounded  up  to   $11.

You  all  went  through  Canadian  Customs ,  which  didn’t  seem  too bad

,  but  you  and  your  brother  had  to  lie about  the  real  reason  that  you’re  in  Toronto .

Just  like  your  grandparents did ,  you  both  said  that  you  were in Toronto  to visit  family .

That  was  just  part  of  the  reason ,  but  not  the  real  reason .

If you  both  had  mentioned  that  you  all  were  going  to  see  a  Toronto  Maple  Leafs  hockey  game ,  that  would  have  ruined  the  big  surprise  that  you  had  for  your  grandparents .

They  had  no idea  that  they  were going  as you  and  your  brother  brought  the  tickets  as a  gift  for  everything  they  had done  for  the  both  of  you  since  your  parents  died  .

You  both  are  getting  more  and  more  excited  as you  wait  for  your  cousins  to take  you  to  your  hotel .

From  the  distance ,  you  can  see  it.

It’s  the  symbol  of  Toronto ,  the  CN   Tower .

You  won’t  be  able  to  go ANYWHERE  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Toronto  without  seeing  it .

The  four  of  you  have  made  it  safely  as you   all  put your  suitcases  into  your  cousin’s  car.

Welcome  to  Toronto ,  the  True  North .

The  416 .

 

 

 

 

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