I am typing this from the bus on my way back from Toronto. This morning, I had an appointment at the German consulate to apply for a visa.
At 0:15 this morning, I dragged my sleep-deprived body to the Gare Centrale to board the 0:15 bus to Toronto. Almost as soon as the bus left the city, my phone ran out of battery, so I closed my eyes and slept the remaining 5 hours of the trip.
After waking up and getting off the bus, I still had two hours left until my appointment, so I spent it half-dead in front of my laptop in a McDonald's before making my way to the German consulate.
Perhaps the angry Google reviewers dealt a different set of employees, but the consulate clerks were pleasant and efficient. 15 minutes and 83 dollars later, I was all done, or so I thought.
Since my bus only left Toronto at 16:00, I thought I'd shop around for a bit then eat at the top of the CN tower. I made my way to Toronto's Centre Eaton, only to discover it was exactly like the one in Montreal.
That's when I noticed my wallet was missing. I desperately hunted for a wall outlet to charge my dead phone in the hopes of seeing a missed call from the consulate. As soon as I powered it on, crouched between two ferns in front of a Starbucks, I saw a voicemail notification. They had my wallet, yiss!
Since it was a beautiful day in Toronto, I walked all the way from the consulate to the CN tower, stopping by various shops on the way there. During that short walk, I was interviewed on television, was fist-bumped and called a brother by a black teacher and made a friend at a military surplus store. By the time I reached the tower, I was too hungry and tired to queue up, but the trip was too enjoyable to dwell upon missing the destination.
Unfortunately, I only managed to squeeze 4 usable pictures out of my Nexus 4's horrible camera. I didn't realize HDR pictures needed a solid 4-5 seconds to take, so I ended up with a small collection of blurry floor pictures. I ran out of battery again before I could take pictures of downtown Toronto's beautiful architecture. Needless to say, this phone won't make it to Berlin.