Jenn Jam-Packed Weekend – Sunday Finale

Canada - Toronto October November 2015 242 Canada - Toronto October November 2015 244 Jennifer leaves today for home, so the crunch is on to get the last sightseeing in before we do hugs and good-byes. Today, she collected us at our building with another old friend, John Waytena. John was a Fulbright the same year as Jennifer. He had to drive back to Michigan, so could not spend time with us.

The three of us went directly to the Royal Ontario Museum where there are 30 galleries featuring natural and cultural histories. Toronto’s metro stops are festive in their décor. At the museum stop, there are Egyptian hieroglyphics, Roman columns and even the word MUSEUM at the stop has hieroglyphics filling the letters.

The admission is $17.00 for adults and Canada - Toronto October November 2015 245$15.50 for seniors, but the temporary exhibits run an additional $7 to $11. We have been to Pompeii more than once, so we waived the opportunity to pay $11 more than our Toronto City Pass provided.

We decided to go our own ways, meet an hour and half later and then decide what to do. Ron and I wandered to the First Nation exhibit, which was enthralling. With almost shame admitting this, we were all mesmerized with the washroom faucets. They sprayed water for washing your hands and then provided hot air to dry them. Ingenious! After meeting up, we all decided to meet again in another hour. By this time, we knew there were still many galleries and treasures to browse, but time was short and we wereCanada - Toronto October November 2015 248 on sensory overload.

Nearby was The Senator diner, a place Ron and I discovered early on. It is Toronto’s oldest restaurant, originally established in 1860. The current restaurant was once the Busy Bee, but now is just about the most popular place in the city. We had a great lunch, more great conversations, and thank Canada - Toronto October November 2015 258you again, Jennifer for picking up the tab.

Canada - Toronto October November 2015 259From here, we went back to Jennifer’s hotel to do the hugs and good-byes for real. It was a wonderfully rich weekend with tons of laughs and good conversation.

Ron and I went ‘home’ to rest as we had tickets to Sherlock Holmes at 7pm. David Arquette is the star. James Maslow and Kyle Gatehouse also have major roles.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.