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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:39 AM   #1
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Xusein in Toronto: Northern Exposure

Hello, this is my photo thread of my time in Toronto.

I've spent my Spring break from school up in Canada, from the sixth until today. Went up to the closest largest city of importance, Toronto! One of my favorite cities in the world, that I have seen so far. Have a lot of relatives and friends in the city and greater GTA, and got to visit them and see the sights of the city at the same time.

Didn't go to many of the main attractions (no, I don't want to pay like $21 CAD to go up the CN tower, maybe I'm a cheapskate, lol). Or see many other areas that I wanted to hit, like Chinatown. But since about 80% of my time in the city was visiting people and catching up, I think this is decent, right? I hope to visit the city again soon before the semester ends and I go back to the east coast.

So, enjoy the pics.

I was based in the neighborhood of Malvern. Near Sheppard and Morningside.


(taken at a different time)








Malvern is on the northeastern edge of Toronto, in a part of the city called Scarborough.


Getting kind of dark, you can see a small skyline of highrises not far away.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #2
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Sweet pix!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:48 AM   #3
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A significant skyline is forming around the Scarborough Town Centre...this is a part of it.


Took the RT, and then the subway, downtown. These new highrises are near (but not on) Yonge Street.


Dundas Square, which is a main new focal point of the city. With the ads, it kinda looks like Times Square.








Some pics of the area at night from a later period.






Eaton Square, the big downtown mall in the city.


At the intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets, during the night.


The night shots are something that I'm trying to work on, lol.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:55 AM   #4
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Ventured off to the financial district a bit...it seemed as though Toronto had a gazillon banks or something, with lots and lots of suits walking about. Apparently, Bay Street in Toronto has the same reputation as the financial centre that Americans hold for Wall Street in NYC.

However, the Canadian banking system, compared to our mess down south, is a sight to behold and envy.




















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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:03 AM   #5
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Here are some random shots of the downtown.





Union Station and the CN Tower.










Damn, that's tall!










Hockey Hall of Fame in the center.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:16 AM   #6
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Toronto's high end shopping district is around Bloor Street, and it especially gets pricey between Avenue Road and Yonge. Saw lots of expensive stores that I couldn't afford anything in...I also saw a nice Porsche parked on the road. I wanted to take a pic of it, but there was too much people around.

Think this is on Bay Street...I don't even remember.






Old...


...and new comfortably near each other.








Bloor at Queen's Park/Avenue Road


Royal Ontario Museum. Highly recommend a visit!




The building has a very interesting clash of historic and modern architecture.


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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:18 AM   #7
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Nice pics. Glad you enjoyed the city.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:26 AM   #8
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Ahhh Glad to see you visiting my beloved city.

I recommend paying a little visit to Bilaan's or Sahara's. The Chicken stew at Bilaan's is a personal fave of mine throw in some classic Somali tea and you've got quite the evening

suburb-401 hiway - Downtown Toronto - Friends - Suburb

The perfect Toronto lifestyle.

P.S Canadian Banks registered profits of $18 billion
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #9
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I ventured off to the nearby University of Toronto. Beautiful school with lots of nice historical architecture that I looove. Seems like a great school to go to, if not for the excellent education, the location is great!











Money shot.












Next three on Queens Park...here is the Ontario Legislature.












I love this building.




Another pic of the Royal Ontario Museum


On the way to the Yonge-Bloor Subway station
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #10
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Damn, that's tall!
I remember when I paid a visit to the CN tower, the outer observation deck was so windy that I felt like i was about to be blown away from the tower... Quite intimidating...

It was so funny that my relatives were "hugging" the walls of the Skypod, because they can't look down.

Anyway.. I would like to see the CN tower being converted to a "drop tower". like you see in the amusement parks. lol
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:38 AM   #11
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My last batch of pictures were taken along the Yonge-University-Spadina Line of the Toronto Subway. I took a few at Eglinton and Yonge, and a few of the pics at North York Square...which is about 15km or so north directly from downtown Toronto.

Yonge and Eglinton




There was some amazing density shots from this area, since it is up on a hill.






The area is surrounded by dense low-rises. Nice homes, btw.


Now, I'm at North York Centre.


I suppose that this is TOD in action


Yonge Street


Found this interesting, lol.


Nestle! Of Canada!




And those are my pics. I had a great time in the city, and I hope to visit again real soon.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:51 AM   #12
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Sweet pix!
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Nice pics. Glad you enjoyed the city.
Thanks for enjoying them.


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Ahhh Glad to see you visiting my beloved city.

I recommend paying a little visit to Bilaan's or Sahara's. The Chicken stew at Bilaan's is a personal fave of mine throw in some classic Somali tea and you've got quite the evening

suburb-401 hiway - Downtown Toronto - Friends - Suburb

The perfect Toronto lifestyle.

P.S Canadian Banks registered profits of $18 billion
Hehe, thanks man.

Where are those Somali restaurants? Are they on the west side? Maybe I'll check them out when I back in the city. I went to two Somali restaurants while I was in Toronto, both on Rexdale. One of them, is called Hamdi's near Rexdale and Islington. Apparently, it is THE place to visit if you're Somali and in Toronto. They are so "big" that they also have a location downtown, and in Minneapolis. I had some great food from the old country...chicken, rice, mango juice and tea, and some canjeero (the Somali version of injera)...good stuff.

Also went to another one, just down the road, called Hamar Weyne, which was a bit more "upscale". Got some nice sweets...custard, samboosas, halwa. The sweets of my culture...delicious.

Oh, and 401 is one hell of a highway. It's amazing how it has like 15 lanes yet it is still filled with traffic. We were using that highway a lot...visiting family from Missisauga, to Brampton, to Markham, all the way to Oshawa...did a lot of catching up with fam in the GTA!


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I remember when I paid a visit to the CN tower, the outer observation deck was so windy that I felt like i was about to be blown away from the tower... Quite intimidating...

It was so funny that my relatives were "hugging" the walls of the Skypod, because they can't look down.

Anyway.. I would like to see the CN tower being converted to a "drop tower". like you see in the amusement parks. lol
The CN tower is CRAZY! I went on it when I was a child...the glass floor, let alone the height, made me afraid. I wanted to go on it again, but personally, I didn't feel that it really was worth all that money. Although obviously the views on it are incredible!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #13
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I really enjoyed that tour, and I'm glad you had fun on your mid term break! Come back in summer!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 06:58 AM   #14
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Awesome, glad you enjoyed our city.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #15
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Nice to get a visitor's perspective. Thank you for posting.
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Your pics are very nice indeed, thanks Xusein
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Great pics, thanks for visiting.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #18
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what a great thread, what a great city. i love that you captured shots from many different parts of town beside just downtown.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #19
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Great pics, this city is one of a kind :-)
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Great photos of Toronto! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the city.
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