Arriving in Canada was like meeting an old friend; albeit a very frigid one: it was about -18 Celsius. I gasped for air as soon as I crossed the doors of the terminal towards the taxi. We drove past stores like Loblaw’s, Metro, Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, all of which brought back so many memories […]
More useful tips that’ll help you feel at home in this wonderful city. Tips. You’re not expected to tip taxi drivers. The standard tip is about 10% of the bill in restaurants and bars. Some places add it to the bill when there’s a party of eight or more people. Haggling is not a common […]
Tips for enjoying your visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Just like in any other big city, tourists are the default target of pickpockets. If you take a few sensible precautions, nothing will mar your holiday: Don’t carry valuables in your back pockets Carry your backpack or handbag in the front rather than your back. Never […]
I’m finally in Mar del Plata. The waiter brings a steaming cup of café con leche and three plump medialunas. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for months. Although I know it’s not done in public, I can’t resist the temptation to dunk that sweet goodness into the coffee. The alchemy is perfect. My […]
There is more to Southern Ontario than Toronto and Niagara Falls:
Make use of the public transport network, which is very good. The Subway, trolleys and buses take you everywhere. Cash fares are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and 75 ¢ for children. Transfers expire in 2 hours, which means that you can take a bus and transfer to a trolley using the […]
Toronto trivia: the city was originally named York. When New Amsterdam became New York, people began to call it Little York. The locals didn’t like to be known as “Little Yorkers” so they renamed it Toronto, which means “meeting place” in the Huron language.