Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Day 1 - the 23 hour adventure

View from the planeWell it's the end of day one of our Holiday 2005. As I type this we've both been up an incredible 23 hours. Unfortunately I only got 2 hours sleep last nite, so I'm totally shattered. It's 11:20pm local time here in Toronto, so I'm going to hit the sack soon. Vinnie is already fast asleep.

The journey to Canada was eventful. It started at 5am in Dublin. As I was getting dressed, I was actually stung by a wasp! Yes in my own bedroom! Horrible! I was left with a swollen lump for some hours. We arrived at the airport around 6am, got checked in a progressed through security, which now includes finger scanning and facial photographing.

Tazo Green Tea Frap from Starbucks in Newark Airport!Due to a computer problem with air traffic control, our Continential Airlines flight was a little delayed in taking off, but by 10am we where in the air. The plane was amazing, we'd our own entertainment units on our seats! Movies included the wizard of oz and Madagascar.

We arrived in Newark 7 hours later, waited another 3 hours (which involved more security and customs), before boarding the smallest plane in the world to Toronto. This aircraft only had three seats to a row, two on the right and one on the left. It was certainly the smallest craft we've ever flown. This last flight lasted a little over an hour.

 Vinnie in NewarkOur first impressions of Toronto weren't great. Security obviously didn't like the idea of two Irish men flying from Ireland via the US to visit Canada. We where singled out for questioning, which involved us providing some detailed knowledge of our plans for the holiday, what exactly we where doing, some facts about Toronto. Thankfully our bags where only x-rayed and not searched. But none-the-less this pointless exercise made us a little annoyed, and added more time to our journey.

Toronto from the airAnyhows another 90 minute bus journey, and we had arrived at our hotel. The Days Inn. It only took up 19 hours to get here! Not bad! NOT!

We had dinner this evening in Hard Rock Cafe, not very Canadian I know! Also ended up getting a free Srarbucks! Also got some tim hortons donuts, yummy!

Anyhows, off to bed here, it's almost 11:40pm!


Vinnie and Pat


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the burning question is where did you get the starbucks?????

Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wahoo this is great!!! Don't drink too much Starbucks frapachinos (but have one for me, please)Have a great holiday....

Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Go to the pub "The Irish Embassy" and ask for Rory Kowdrysch, he is a great friend of Andrew's (mine) and will look after you royally.

49 Yonge Street (at Wellington)
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1R4

As for the Starbucks.... Holy God ! You'll fly away ! Hi to Vinny and congrats again on all your Achievements this week.

Ciara M

Thursday, August 25, 2005 10:08:00 AM  

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