Earlier this week, I actually had a dream about what The Finicky Cynic would think of for her “June Jour Challenge” prompts. For the as-yet uninitiated, she has set out an informal challenge to write a blog post about a different topic every day for the 2nd half of June. In this dream, F.C. was throwing out topics from way beyond left field; real doozies, I’m telling ya. Some of her prompts in my dream (and mind you this was a dream) included:
- “Discuss how a conversation you had with a friend or loved one affected your choice of breakfast cereal.” (Umm, okay?)
- “Should gluten-free potato chips taste just as good as Reese’s peanut butter cups? Defend your answer.” (Well, who wouldn’t want that?)
- “Diagram an isosceles triangle so that the angle bisectors form a third triangle.” (Geometry problems?)
Thankfully, F.C’s real-life prompts are nowhere as wacky as those. Take this morning’s prompt, for example:
Where is one place that you want to travel to? Why would you choose that destination?
Oooh, good one! Simple one, too. 😛 Well, I don’t do a lot of traveling too often these days, choosing to stick around and relax here in Madison or visiting my family in Eastern Wisconsin (a 2-hour drive away). That’s not to say I have gotten around in the past. I’ve vacationed in Chicago, Orlando, the Detroit area, the Twin Cities, and (several times) Sault Ste. Marie.
But I am interpreting F.C’s prompt to mean a place where I would want to visit for the first time, not where I’ve already visited. So in that case, my choice would be an easy one:
Yep, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Here’s the source link to that photo, by the way.) Yes, I’ve crossed the border into Canada, but I’ve never ventured to the Toronto area. It’s a big city, for sure, and it’s probably easy to get lost in and difficult to get around. However, I’ve always been enamored at photos of and stories about Toronto. It seems like such a modern, open, cosmopolitan place, one with so many things to take in and enjoy. The downtown area! The attractions! The events! The festivals! The shows! The sports! (Yes, even the Maple Leafs.) The Neighborhoods! (Oh, sorry… neighbourhoods! You see, they use the Oxford English dictionary in Canada.)
Oh, and the diversity! Toronto has a reputation as being one of the most diverse cities on the planet. People from many different ethnic origins, coming from different backgrounds, and, for some, speaking different languages. Not to leave out the diversity of the LGBT community there: Toronto’s Pride Week lasts 10 days (and coincidentally starts the day of this post), and judging from photos like the 2008 image shown below (and found at this link), it seems like one awesome event. For a part-time girl like me, I imagine I would fit right in with this atmosphere.
I hope to one day scrounge up enough money to take a trip to Toronto, whether it’s summer or winter or Pride Week or not. It seems like such an awesome, welcoming, and open-minded place. What do you think, everyone?