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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Meeting Moe | Touring the CN Tower | Eating in the CN Tower (360)

On Friday afternoon after I had lunch I decided to send Moe a WhatsApp message stating I was in town and if he wanted to meet up somewhere. We agreed to meet on Saturday, April 9 at Union Station and we'd decide where to go for lunch once we met. I was super excited to finally meet him face to face after Skyping, Facebooking, writing, and texting for six years. I thought it'd be a good time to make amends from the falling out we had in October.

While I was in Ripley's I received a message from Moe that he'd be a little late.I didn't buy an international data plan, so I relied on WiFi to use my phone. I left the aquarium around 12:30 to meet him; I received the message a little late and hoping he wasn't waiting already. When I arrived to Union Station, I had to get a picture with the penguin that was the mascot for the Canadian Bank.

Fortunately he wasn't there yet, so the message wasn't too late. As I was waiting for him, I met a group of Asian people meeting for the first time - for an anime group. I was getting anxious at this point, anxious that he wouldn't come or I wouldn't find the right place because I found out that people living in the suburbs don't use TTC, they use the GO buses and trains. We all talked for five minutes and they showed me where to go.

Once I found the right area, I only had to wait five minutes until Moe came. When he came, I gave him a big hug and I apologized for what was said. We made amends as we hugged. When we made our way outside, we decided to go to the CN Tower since I had never been there before and we'd have lunch in the restaurant.

Everything was really nice. (I will edit this tomorrow... bad allergy day today and I want to sleep since I came home late last night from DC).

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada 4/9/2016

I love aquariums. I have always loved visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore; as a child and teenager I looked forward to our trips to Baltimore to see the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor, and the historical sites.When I saw that Toronto had an aquarium, I had to visit! 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opened in Toronto in October 2013. Looking at Wikipedia, here is some brief history about Ripley's Aquarium:

A Ripley's Aquarium was originally planned in 2004 to be built in Niagara Falls, Ontario[2] next to what is now Great Wolf Lodge around 2007, but plans fell through and Ripley's eventually relocated to Toronto.[3] Construction began on the attraction in August 2011 with a final cost approaching C$130 million.[4] The aquarium opened to the public in October 2013.

The project was a partnership with three levels of government. The federal government's Canada Lands Companycontributed $10 million to the project to develop the "John Street Corridor" linking Front Street with the aquarium, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. The Government of Ontario contributed $11 million to the project, and the City of Torontoprovided property-tax incentives amounting to between $8 million and $12 million over the first twelve years of the aquarium.

I wasn't disappointed with my visit. It took a good two hours walking around looking at all the breeds of fish. I loved getting selfies with sharks and rays. I also had the opportunity to pet sting rays. It was odd - they felt like wet rubber boots, but a cool experience too.

I also met many international people that I had fun chatting with. I met these students from Brazil and when it was time to go to Union Station, they had to go there as well and we walked together.