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Toronto in 10 hours

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.

On the road

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.

The  gorgeous Union Station in glorious potato quality, courtesy of my Nexus 4.

The gorgeous Union Station in glorious potato quality, courtesy of my Nexus 4.

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.

I was interviewed a few feet from where that picture was taken.

I was interviewed a few feet from where that picture was taken.

The only usable shot I managed to take of the CN tower.

The only potable shot I managed to take of the CN tower.

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.

Google location history for March 21.

Google location history for March 21.

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