After spending 4 of the last 6 days in Toronto, if there was any doubt before, it's all gone, I am not a city girl.
Too many people that don't smile, too many unthoughtful people looking down just trying to reach their destination. I am sure the transportation system is perfect for getting around, I always felt safe it's just there is no connection.
The skyline is beautiful, some of the old and new architectural is incredible but it's the hustle & bustle, lack of eye connect and connection. Horns are honking and arms waving with finger gestures, I much perfer a honking horn to get your neighbours attention as you wave hello to them. I was almost hit twice while crossing a street, people are like race horses, blinders on racing to their destination. I took the subway a a few times, no one looks at each other, no one smiles, no one chats. They plug themselves into their ipod, close their eyes or look down until they get to where they are going.
There was one exception that warmed my heart. I reached a very busy major intersection, the traffic lights were out, horns were honking and people cursing at each other. A young man in his 20's walked up beside me and mumbled "what the hell?". I asked him how we would ever get across. "Follow me" he said. After weaving our way through traffic like mice in a maze, we were safe on the other side. "Thank you SO MUCH"
I said, he pulled down his hoodie, looked me in the eye and said "you're welcome, have a great night" and smiled - WOW, wow....wow....
That small gesture made my Toronto stay that much better. It's amazing
what kindness can do.
Toronto is an interesting place to visit, great attractions, great shopping and lots to look at but I'm home now, home and happy. I'm right where I'm supposed to be. Home Sweet Home.