Tuesday, October 11, 2011

About Our Outing in Toronto, Pictured with a Limo Ride.

By Aiden Edgar

A couple of years ago, back when we were young and carefree, some friends and I were facing spring break and trying to decide what we wanted to do. Most of our classmates were going to Mexico and Southern Florida where they planned on spending their days soaking up the sun and their nights getting drunk. My friends and I have nothing against Florida and Mexico but we had already done that, it was our senior year and we wanted to do something different. So, we decided to do something different. While everyone else headed south for the week, we went north to Toronto, to see what Toronto attractions were all about.

As the week drew to a close, it suddenly occurred to us that this was going to be our very last spring break, and most likely the last time we would be able to go away with one another. Going to the zoo, a Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings hockey game, and having dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory was fine, but we wanted to do something that we had never done before. We compared the remaining balances of our respective credit cards and decided to do something truly decadent. We rented a limousine for the night.

I have to admit that we got really lucky with our driver. When he asked us where we wanted to go and we told him to surprise us, he didn't look at us like we were crazy, which we were, instead he stood quietly while he piled into the spacious interior, before he slid behind the wheel. When I saw that the place he chose for us was none other than CN Tower, I have to admit I was a little disappointed.

Toronto at nighttime was completely different experience. There was something magical about the way the entire city was lit up. It was truly a breathtaking experience. After we reached the top of the tower, my friends dared me to walk across the tower's section of floor that is made out of glass. The first time, I had been way to nervous to try it, but this time, fueled by the alcohol we had liberated from the mini-bar I tried it. I have never been so frightened in my life, but I managed to walk the entire length of the glass.

The CBC Building seemed to better fit our idea of what a glamorous night it should be. After all, this was the place where people like George Stephanopoulos filmed there programs, it stood to reason that we should at least see somebody famous. Sadly, we didn't see anyone that would ever qualify as slightly famous, but that was okay. We had a lot of fun touring the place and discussing which celebrities had been there earlier in the day.

By the time we piled back into the limo we were bruised, battered, and definitely less glamorous looking than when we had left the hotel, but that didn't matter, we were having to much fun to care. Before he dropped us at our hotel, the driver made one last stop. This time it was at the Distillery District where we sipped hot chocolate and watched people who watched us right back. Previous to that night I had drank lots of hot chocolate and I have had a lot since, but none has ever been as good as that cup was.

That night, like all good things did draw to an end. The next morning we packed our bags and left Toronto and went back to school were we spent our remaining time cramming for finals. After that the gang split up as we started jobs and eventually families. While we still talk, we have never managed to get the whole group together. Still, someday, we plan on all going back to Toronto and renting a limousine and reliving our wild and crazy youth.

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