My first time seeing snow and guess what, my first time making a snow (wo)man! I even gave her a fancy twig necklace - I think I should enter one of those snow-building competitions and represent California appropriately.
My two week stay was definitely a short blast of icy air and warm hugs galore. Of course I had to indulge in the iconic Tim Hortons (probably too much, in fact), poutin, and some of Andrew's bachelor cooking skills. Hung out with Mama J in Toronto and had the most delicious melt-in-yo-mouth pork belly ramen. Here is an arbitrary smattering of the atrociously unhealthy food I consumed in Ontario that no one is really interested in but as you know, I love to share foodporn. On a related note, despite all of the hype, ketchup chips are pretty dang gross.
Meandered through the alleys of Toronto with Andrew and came upon graffiti row. Now, coming from East LA and downtown LA, I can't even begin to describe my appreciation for this type of art. It goes beyond capturing a beautiful landscape but embodies the thoughts, emotions and experiences of the artists - all in bright animated colours.
We went snowboarding as well and I tackled the HARDCORE bunny slopes. This is the heart of my title for this blog post. I used to imagine snow as light fluffy pillows similar to that of down feathers but this is certainly not the case when you repeatedly fall on your bum upon getting off of a chairlift. Chairlifts are dangerous and evil! But I will master them one day. Another reason why my bum was in so much pain was because they served as my braking gear. I got the hang of digging in one's heels to stop; however, I have found that simply braking by landing on my behind was a good alternative especially as I tried to avoid smashing into little kids. I promise I only cried once out of the many times I fell. Promise!
Til we meet again, Canada! Hopefully we will not have a plumbing disaster this time around.
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