Tag: urban

Sailing

Date #345 – Thursday, July 10, 2014

A: B’s parents are awesome! They sailed to the city! Woah! Of course we went to visit them! I love Toronto Island. It’s such a nice little escape RIGHT in the heart of such a metropolis. I love that you have to take a boat and you can bring your bike and that it feel like you’re so far from all the dirt and spin of urban living that it’s a mini-vacation-feeling-experience. I’m happy to share all that with B… Well… that he brings me along with him on these sorts of things. I wouldn’t have had the chance to do this otherwise. 

B: I think it is super adorable and inspiring when my parents go on adventures like this. They do it a lot actually. Growing up my sisters and I would always be included. Now, they finally are going on their own adventures but they still like to include us as much as possible.

I think they were as ecstatic to see as as we were to see them. It was pretty amazing to get this perspective of the city. I love going to the Island, but being on a boat in the water with this massive city towering over you is kind of an incredible feeling. I felt small and vulnerable but also happy to be a part of something so much bigger than me. I was happy to be sharing that with A and my parents.

I hope when we are their age and have been together as long as them we still find ways to do amazing, new, and scary things like my parents do.

TURF Day 2! Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, and The Strumbellas

Date #340 – Saturday, July 5, 2014

A: I felt awful but really wanted to go to the second day of TURF. It was a beautiful day and we took it easy. I love going to these things with B. He knows people, we mingle, sit around, I occasionally see someone I know, usually drink beer (except I had the flu)… I am happy to spend these summer days with B outdoors listening to incredible music. It makes me feel lucky and un-alone. Like I’m part of this big group of awesome, talented, and hip people who are all there because we have something in common and, for the first time, I’m going to these events with a partner. An actual person that I’m trying real hard to build something with. And I’m really proud of it. There was a time when I didn’t think I’d ever have or feel this.

Gaslight Anthem was incredible although I wish the other band members, or at least one or two, spoke more. Maybe they don’t like to speak, so I shouldn’t assume what I’m assuming (lead singer syndrome!). Last time I saw them at Sound Academy I had recently been dumped and my friend ditched me so I cried the entire set. This show was way better and definitely a highlight of my summer. I liked singing to B too, even though my voice sounded like a million dying drones in the desert.

B: Looking back on this day I can already tell what was building to Sunday…

Anyways, this festival has an unreal lineup but I was so tired I could barely enjoy the festival. Yes, A was sick but she seemed really energized by the bands. I, on the other hand, was happy to just laze around. I was also still really sore from my bike accident and was trying to stand as little as possible. Even writing this now I can’t believe how hard it was to stand even for a short while.

Anyways, I was happy I got to see The Strumbellas. They are awesome. I left A to listen to them. I really like that we are confident and independent even together.

Here’s a track for your enjoyment:

Learning to farm!

Date #289 – Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A: Day 2 of our curated trip was awesome, especially since my friend joined us. We headed out to Everdale Farm which is an all organic farm where we got to pick eggs right out of the chicken nest and pick asparagus and eat it right out of the ground. We even got to have lunch with the team there and it was so awesome. After we headed to their partner farm at Jane and Sheppard (near Jane and Finch) and it was so neat to see such an epic use of land right in the city. I would love to have chicken and my own garden in the back. Be self sustainable, or at least as much as possible. I don’t think you’re allowed to have chicken in the city, though…. We will have to work on have farm friends. These past two days have really made me want to eat only LOCAL and REAL food. 

B: I’m so happy we got to visit a farm on one of our #discoverON trips. I am really interested in food and farming and I think it is important for everyone to visit a farm to understand where their food comes from. Everdale is a teaching farm, so they are used to giving tours and even having interns and WWOOFers (work exchange on organic and sustainable farms) staying there to learn how to farm. The lead farmer, Mark, was incredible and hilarious. He has so much passion and knowledge and it was a real treat to hear him explain the crops and the importance of not using pesticides or GMO seeds.

After our amazing lunch with some of the Interns we went to the Black Creek city farm. This farm is located on 6 acres in the middle of one of Toronto’s most troubled neighbourhoods. The land is on loan from a conservation area and driving to the farm you wouldn’t even believe so much land is available right next to apartment buildings and strip malls. I love how easy it is in Ontario to be in an urban centre then immediately in nature. I also found it amazing to see such a diverse group of people learning about farming and planting their own crops. There were retired people, students, and others all clearing the land and discussing crops together. So amazing.

Oh, A’s good friend came with us on the whole trip and it was a blast to have her along. She brought a completely new energy to this second part of our trip.