“There’s no place like home”


Dorothy, from the wizard of Oz, is right. There’s no place like home. Home for me is Toronto and I’m growing to love it here. I’m developing a whole new appreciation for this city. I guess travelling around the world make you see better what you have. There is so much to do here and there is no doubt about this fact: Toronto is clean and beautiful! No one can argue against this.

Last night I went to see a broadway performance- The Wizard of Oz. And what a beautiful performance it was. The characters and the scenes came to life with the brilliant colours and props. The music and the singing uplifted me and centered my mind right into the scenes. The lights and 3D imagery made me feel not as a spectator but that I was with Dorothy as she searched for the Wizard. It was beautiful. And it was symbolic of the way I felt when I walked out of the theatre and into the nightlife of downtown Toronto. How does such a large city still feel so alive and safe no matter what time it is? You stare into the sky and what you see is the beautiful buildings that makes this city what it looks and feels like. In search for a restaurant we walked in the direction of Dundas Square. Before you are there, you can hear the music and the sound of festivities, which all brings the city to life. We stopped to observe and take pictures and proceeded to cross the street, where we met up with a lone musician playing for donations. At 10:30 on a Friday night, the crowd is heavy. Another sign you are in a big city. We made it to Jack Astor’s, so the restaurant is called. We receive a beeper and was told we have a 10 minute wait time. Inside the restaurant, the music is loud and the place is crowded.

All of this makes me fall in love with this city again. I thought I had outgrown it but there’s so much I haven’t yet experienced and I’m so glad that last night reminded me that there’s much fun to be had in my own city!

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at shaunacassell.ca

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