After my whirl wind three week trip in eastern Canada, I headed to Toronto for a couple days before departing for Cuba–yes, that’s right, the beautiful and turquoise Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. On a beautiful sunny day in downtown Toronto, I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my day other than at a Blue Jays Game in the Rogers Center. With the dome open, and the sun shining down on me, I’m reminded that this is what Canadian summer is all about. With everyone painted in red, white, and blue the energy in the stands was undeniable. There is nothing better than experiencing a game live with thousands of others cheering along with you.
My boyfriend and I were able to meet up with a friend of mine, from my home town, whom I haven’t seen in years. It was fun to reunite in Toronto and to do something fun and exciting to kick off summer at the country-themed Blue Jays game. Ye-ha! Luckily, we had the opportunity to watch the game from both the upper bowl seats (third and highest section) and lower bowl seats (5 rows from the field) due to having two sets of tickets. It was a unique experience to be able to see the game from two different perspectives. The energy and “feel” in each section was different and unique to its own, yet unified in a sense that we were all cheering together. With a view of the CN Tower directly from the upper and lower bowl of the Rogers Center, I was amazed by my surroundings. This is Canada eh! The crowds who came out to support the Jays blew my socks off (well, I didn’t actually have any socks on, so I guess they blew my flip-slops off). After the winning game, the city was speckled with happy and ecstatic red, white, and blue supporters from all over Canada, including myself who flew all the way from eastern Canada to see the game. Lucky for me, the game just so happened to be the day before I left Toronto for Cuba. It was nice to be able to get some Canadian spirit before heading out again.
We ended our day by meeting up with a friend who I met while backpacking in Mexico in 2010; ironically, the girls I met in Mexico were originally from Australia. I had the opportunity to meet with one of them in Australia while I was there (we toured the Great Ocean Road together), and the other I met in Toronto since she moved to Canada with her fiancé whom she met on a trip to Europe. Funny how the world works and how small it actually is. We spent the hot afternoon touring Toronto in a classic 4×4 Jeep and ended the day by munching, sipping, and chatting the evening away on a balcony in a historic Victorian building in the university district of Toronto. It’s days like this when I am thankful to be able to come home to Canada in between trips to spend quality time with my loved ones. Life is good.