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Toronto - Krista photo

“When I first traveled to Toronto, I wasn’t entirely sure it had been worth the effort and extra planning. However, I managed to put the ticket together in such a way that it cost nothing. I had to fly to Los Angeles anyway and managed to find a combined flight that provided a free five-day stopover in this Canadian city. Let me tell you a few true stories of what happened to me after I arrived:

Upon my arrival, as I boarded a city bus, I was immediately confronted with the first strange thing. I mean, it was just weird for me. There was a small funnel in front of the bus driver, into which you had to drop the price of the ticket. I threw in the amount and then asked him how he knew if I hadn’t put in less. The old man smiled, then said it was Canada – they just trust people. I was amazed and immediately thought that this business model could not work in Hungary for too long.
In the meantime, we traveled a few kilometers and reached one of the stops. Here, a disabled person was waiting for the bus. The driver got out and helped him get on the bus in his wheelchair without a word. That’s when I started to think that people are really nice here. Canadians are genuinely kind and really pay attention to each other.
After getting off the bus, I realized I had no idea where I was. As I looked at Google Maps, I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder. It was a middle-aged gentleman. He begged my pardon but said that he’d noticed that I seemed lost and that he’d be happy to help me. I felt more and more that despite being alone in this big city, I seemed to be running into acquaintances around every corner…
The next day I headed to Niagara Falls. I didn't want to rent a car, so I set off by the bus. It was only when I reached Niagara Falls that I realized it wasn’t just the name of the falls but of an entire city. The waterfall is just one of the attractions of this city. Since the bus stopped in a totally different part of town, I asked a lady of around 50 how to get to the waterfall. She smiled and said that she’d just been on her way to the shops, but that could wait – she’d rather show me the way to the Falls. My jaw dropped. Although I was getting used to the kindness of Canadians, I wasn't even prepared for someone taking a fifteen-minute detour just to make sure I didn't get lost.

And I could go on and on about why I consider Canadians to be the friendliest people in the world. If anyone asked me what the biggest attractions in Toronto are, I would definitely start with the kindness of the people. Though the sights here include Niagara Falls and the CN Tower, Toronto’s biggest attraction is the incredibly friendly Canadians.” (2021)

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Toronto - color car - z.m. photo

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Toronto - Kensington Market - e.p. photo

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Toronto - street piano - z.m. photo

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Toronto - promoting CP 24 TV station Breaking news - Krista photo

Toronto - Kensington Market area - street art - Krista photo

Toronto - old and new - Krista photo

Background

Toronto from above - Elter photo

Destination in brief

Population (in 2020): 6,1 million

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 2800 USD -  (Canada average: 2200 USD)

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Toronto - Elter photo

Toronto - New City Hall - Elter photo

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Museums

Toronto - Hockey Hall of Fame - kr

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