Day 1 (Part 2) – Baseball!

We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!  Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, prothesis
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), decease
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Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport – the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) –  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport – the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) –  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, sale
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), prescription
subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
Hi all, buy information pills

After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport – the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) –  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US 🙂

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, sale
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), prescription
subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, traumatologist
so if you want to follow us on (INSERT REALITY TV VOICEOVER) “our journey” you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com (better yet subsribe to the update email using the box in the right hand column), online subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.  All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.  Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got the explosive trace test and special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport – the security guard must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) –  Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, anorexia managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.  Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.  Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) – 12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.  No sign of Billy Elliot.  He may be still on the plane stuck in a crack between two seats.  Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.  Collected our bags and noticed that somewhere along the journey someone had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.  Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.  Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.  Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) – We sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).  The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel – roadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular – they light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina
Woke up this morning at about 9ish after the best 7 hours sleep ever!  Not a sign of Jet Lag either which is refreshing after how hard it was to stay awake on our last flight yesterday

Great weather in Toronto today, heart would be about 24/25 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Had breakfast across the road at our first of what will be many diner meals on our holiday.  They had the Olympics on TV, generic and it was great to see coverage without Andrew Daddo or Joanna Griggs ruining it!

Our hotel is about 2 kilometres away from the CN Tower, vitamin so after a “discussion” at the subway station trying to figure out where to get off the train, we decided to walk into the city.  Proved to be the right decision, as it is a spectacular day.  Walked down Younge Street, which has some big arcade like shopping malls which are all undercover for the winter time.  Spotted some cheap Canadian Olympic team merchandise which we might pick up later – it might get cheaper in a couple more days though so we might hold out.

Walked past the Hockey Hall of Fame and to the base of the CN Tower.  Took plenty of photos (and will upload them when we get to an Internet Cafe were we can plug in the card reader).  Sat down outside the Marine Fire Station on Lake Ontario… they have a little fake beach which was a great spot to just watch the boats for about 30 minutes. 

Walked back past Rogers Centre, which is the big Baseball stadium here.  The Toronto Blue Jays are playing the New York Yankees tonight, so we are tossing up whether to go and watch them play.  Tickets are expensive if you want to be right behind the batter, but if you want to sit up in the rafters it is only $9 – not bad to catch the Yankees play I guess.

It is about 4:30 here, Kerrina is just catching up with our Tour Director for our first Tour which starts tomorrow.  On the first day we are off to Niagra Falls and will be doing some sightseeing around Toronto as well – finishing with dinner in the restaurant on the top of the CN Tower – will be a great view at night and can’t wait.

Anyways… here are some important statistics so far.

  • Times we have heard someone say ‘aboot’: 3
  • Times we have heard someone say ‘eh’: 2

Paul and Kerrina

PS.  Kerrina just got back from meeting the Tour Director – she has already spotted one of the group to avoid already.  Good reconnaissance work!
Woke up this morning at about 9ish after the best 7 hours sleep ever!  Not a sign of Jet Lag either which is refreshing after how hard it was to stay awake on our last flight yesterday

Great weather in Toronto today, ed would be about 24/25 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Had breakfast across the road at our first of what will be many diner meals on our holiday.  They had the Olympics on TV, visit and it was great to see coverage without Andrew Daddo or Joanna Griggs ruining it!

Our hotel is about 2 kilometres away from the CN Tower, cheap so after a “discussion” at the subway station trying to figure out where to get off the train, we decided to walk into the city.  Proved to be the right decision, as it is a spectacular day.  Walked down Younge Street, which has some big arcade like shopping malls which are all undercover for the winter time.  Spotted some cheap Canadian Olympic team merchandise which we might pick up later – it might get cheaper in a couple more days though so we might hold out.

Walked past the Hockey Hall of Fame and to the base of the CN Tower.  Took plenty of photos (and will upload them when we get to an Internet Cafe were we can plug in the card reader).  Sat down outside the Marine Fire Station on Lake Ontario… they have a little fake beach which was a great spot to just watch the boats for about 30 minutes. 

Walked back past Rogers Centre, which is the big Baseball stadium here.  The Toronto Blue Jays are playing the New York Yankees tonight, so we are tossing up whether to go and watch them play.  Tickets are expensive if you want to be right behind the batter, but if you want to sit up in the rafters it is only $9 – not bad to catch the Yankees play I guess.

It is about 4:30 here, Kerrina is just catching up with our Tour Director for our first Tour which starts tomorrow.  On the first day we are off to Niagra Falls and will be doing some sightseeing around Toronto as well – finishing with dinner in the restaurant on the top of the CN Tower – will be a great view at night and can’t wait.

Anyways… here are some important statistics so far.

  • Times we have heard someone say ‘aboot’: 3
  • Times we have heard someone say ‘eh’: 2

Paul and Kerrina

PS.  Kerrina just got back from meeting the Tour Director – she has already spotted one of the group to avoid already.  Good reconnaissance work!
As we mentioned in the previous post, hemorrhoids the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees were playing at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

We ended up paying a whopping $9 each to go watch the game.  And it was the best $9 bucks I think we have each ever spent on a sporting event.

The game was supposed to be very close – the Blue Jays and Yankees were 1-1 in the best of three series.  However it turned into an entertaining yet absolute flogging of the hopeless Yankees 13-4.

The atmosphere at the Rogers Centre was just amazing.  There were about 37 000 people in a stadium that fits 50 000.  However it was almost a State of Origin like crowd.

During the game we noticed what looked like nice corporate boxes up behind the outfield.  We eventually realised that these are suites at the hotel which is inside the dome of the Rogers Centre.  Apparently when it first opened there were a couple there who were bored with the game… and decided to entertain themselves.  A few people in the crowd noticed, then the players noticed, and then the camera’s noticed.  Play stopped for 5 minutes whilst the entertainment concluded (I am sure the guy says it was much longer than that).   These days if you stay in one of those suites during a game night you need to sign a waiver saying you will not get into and mischief until the audience leaves.

Unfortunately the night we were there, there was no entertainment from above.  But there was plenty of other things going on to keep the crowd pumped for the 3 hours of play.

In fact Kerrina and I both agree that the Aussie football codes could learn a lot from how they run things over here.

… But I know you are all thinking the same thing… “sure those tickets were cheap… but what about the beer?”  Well that is where they make the money.  For a local beer… $8.50 + TAX.  Which works out to be about $9.60, or more than the price of admission.  And to add insult to injury… the Canadian Dollar costs about $1.10 Australian, which takes it well past the $10 mark 🙁

HOWEVER… we might be just paying for the price of innovation… Beer in a cup comes with a lid on it so you don’t spill it!  Now if you think of all the beer wasted when carrying it back to your seat, chances are Australian’s and Canadians are paying the same price per 100/mL.  But I digress….

At the game were we sitting with a few interesting people.  The couple beside us were some hippy couple who had smuggled some rum in and were well and truely in the spirit when we took our seats.  Kerrina managed to withstand the somewhat repetitive line of questioning from them throughout the night.  I think they were just excited to meet foreigners.  We politely ignored them when they asked for free accomodation in Australia. 

The man, who had a tooth missing, was wearing a bandana, and was a ranga (red head for the non-FOBs out there) had bet $1000 on the Yankees to win.  After the second inning of nine it was pretty much clear that he had lost his bet, so he went on drinking and was about the only person cheering for the Yankees by the 9th.

Down one row and to the left was a group of Koreans who were also barracking for the Yankees… actually I don’t think they really cared who the team was, because all you could hear from them all night was “Matsui, Matsui, Matsui.”  I figured out that there was a Korean by the name of Matsui playing for the Yankees and in the 8th inning he managed to hit a home run with two of the bases loaded – and they went ballistic!  I have video of them doing the “crazy Matsui dance” which I will share once we get back.

And to top that off… for those of you who have been at Data#3 a while (Pete/Mark!), the lead Korean Matsui crazy dancer looked like an asian version of Alistair Spears (even down to the sideburns, and the glasses)!

After the game we sat at the bottom of the CN Tower for a while trying to get a good night shot, then found our way to the subway for the trip back to the hotel.

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