Over the course of the past few weeks I have made an effort to spend my lunch break at work walking around the area rather than sitting inside the musty office building. Not only to enjoy the amazing weather we’ve been having in Toronto this month, but also to give my eyes a bit of a break from the same old things I see from 9 to 5 all day long. A dusty computer screen, the half empty bottle of hand lotion next to it. A series of dark and light grey cubicles, most of them with the essence of a past employee still wafting through the thick, breezeless air.
Needless to say, it’s nice stepping outside, even for a short while, to the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, specifically Yorkville with its unique shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that may actually cost you a day’s pay to eat at. That’s kind of what you get in this area—a mixture of high class and derelict. Every so often I’ll stumble upon a building that still evokes the presence of a past city, one none of us will every truly know, but has now been re-appropriated to serve a more contemporary purpose.
The week ahead will be a stressful one (what with moving house and all), but giving myself the opportunity to enjoy a bit of alone time amidst a sunny summer’s day seems to be just enough to calm my nerves, which always have a way of overtaking me. This will be the first time that I won’t be living in my parents’ house and although my boyfriend and I were quickly able to find a place in the Beaches area of Toronto, it’s fun to stroll through all the old, distinguished buildings in the Bloor area and imagine the what-ifs or what-could-bes for my new-found adulthood.
Walking has always been my favourite mode of transportation and so I am setting a goal for myself to continue my daily walks around the Yonge-Bloor area and to take a photo of a unique building anytime I stumble upon one. A few have already caught my eye and I think would be of interest to anyone else who enjoys antique urban architecture. It’ll just be a matter of ignoring the awkwardness I feel stopping in the middle of the street to take a random picture with pedestrians and cars all around.
Any interesting places in your city?