Happily, the trip to Toronto went fantastically. Hye-Sung, Marie, Fabian, and I stayed with Hye-Sung's roommate Esmeralda. Most of Saturday we also spent with Marie's friend Soloman (they interned together in curatorial at a museum in Paris). Fortunately for us, both Esmeralda and Soloman grew up in Toronto, so we had two excellent tour guides.
Here is a blurry Hye-Sung, giving the camera what she calls, 'a proud V'. This is opposed to a smaller version known as the 'shy V'. (The proud V is present because she's delighted to be in Toronto.)
It turns out that while I had originally thought that Fabian hated me because I'm American and that I was alone in my dislike of him and his North American Hating Ways, that he was driving everyone crazy! Hye-Sung told me that it was good that I don't speak French, because Fabian was always making her 'down' when she wanted to be happy. He apparently is terrible at social interaction, never wanted to come to North America (a shocker, I know), and hates everything including Paris.
Unless you are using a swipe-card, the metro in Toronto only excepts these little tokens. Esmeralda said that the metro recently made a switch from paper tickets to these little metal tokens. More environmentally friendly, I'm sure. And, also quite charming.
Marie, Hye-Sung, and Esmeralda on the metro.
Eaton Center interior.
The Art Gallery of Ontario: the building had just been completely remodeled and many major new acquisitions added to the collection. It's a Frank Gehry design.
The Ontario College of Art and Design.
Chinatown (photo from Marie).
We walked all over downtown Toronto and did lots of good eating, especially in Koreatown and Chinatown. The Koreatown had light-up blue outlines of Korea attached to every lamp-post. Fantastic.
An art supply store situated beneath part of the Ontario College of Art and Design.