Sunday, April 25, 2010

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Closing night

"Ajami" (עג׳מי)

Violence engenders violence. On all sides. Religion, citizenship or intentions notwithstanding.






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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: "Eyes Wide Open" (עיניים פקוחות)

(there was no poster of the movie at the theatre, sorry)

A very interesting, different and non-judgemental window into the world of Jerusalem's Haredim and homosexual passion.


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Sunday, April 18, 2010

just an ordinary Toronto Park

Clarence Square Park

one amongst very many Toronto parks, offering nothing extraordinary except the extraordinary chance of enjoying peace, green and sun near home...










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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Niagara Falls! Finally, and sunny.


The weather was perfect, we had Friday off, and it simply was about time:  last Saturday we headed for Niagara Falls.   My very first visit to truely huge falls anywhere.   And, also, it was a great opportunity to enjoy some romance, like... a room with a jacuzzi... with direct views of the falls... from the 29th floor... and a helicopter ride!   (what's romance without a bit of adventure thrown in for spice?).

We enjoyed a really nice walk from the bus station at Niagara Falls (yes, that's the town's name), with the Niagara river far below on our left and nice, traditional houses on our right.  And for the first time in months, we could enjoy a bright sun and a cool breeze without need for gloves, scarves or even jackets!  It was absolutely wonderful.   And stunning:  for some reason, the falls had never caught my attention before, so I had seen extremely few pictures of them.  It was a real first encounter for me.  

From the Canadian side, the first falls we saw were the Bridal Veil Falls.  Awesome.   The water hits numerous rocks at the bottom, and it gives a beautiful effect.  Loved it.    We watched the river powerfully pour the never-ending flow upon rocks that had been polished into so many shapes by the brute force...


But then, of course, as we walked further up-river, the majestic Horseshoe Falls, which lie on both sides of the border (though mostly on the Canadian side) came closer and closer into view.   No wonder they're famous.  They're not the tallest by any means.  Nor the ones with the most volume.  But  certainly some of the most scenic:  the horseshoe  shape that time has given them gives you the chance to look at them from different angles and I can tell you, once we got right next to the point where the water falls, I couldn't but stare at that moving and yet static part where the river flows into empty space and falls.  The constant flowing and falling was literally hypnotic, beautifully hypnotic...


If that had been all, and we had gone back to Toronto the same day, I would have been happy.  It was truely rewarding.  But no, we still got to enjoy the views from our room on the 29th floor of our hotel...


and by night, lit by reflectors...


and at sunrise, from our room...      


and probably one of the best:  from high up in the air!   When the helicopter takes off, it's really weird, 'cause it lifts so different from a plane!   but once you're airborne, and the views start filling your mind, you definitely start enjoying the ride.   Especially if you're in the co-pilot's seat, like I was.  ;-)   And, mind you, there were 3 couples taking the ride, and when the crew asked if anyone wanted to take that seat, none of the other two couples volunteered!   Me, then, looked all too excited at my habib, asked if he didn't mind us not flying seated next to each other and, quite understandably, he couldn't say no to someone who had "this is the awesomest ride ever, please!" written all over his face.   WHAT - A - RIDE.  With TWO rainbow sightings included, by the way.


That was one wonderful, romantic short trip.   Mission accomplished.  Oh, and I almost forgot:  we did lose money at the Niagara Falls Casino.  Then again, it was just 10 dollars.  What can I say, all I wanted was to be able to say I played at the Casino.   I guess I have no future as a gambler.  Which I guess is not that bad at all.

escalator at Entertainment District's Scotiabank Theatre




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Yiddish @ John's Italian Caffe?




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Sunday, April 04, 2010

torontonians enjoy a sunny, warm day @ dundas square







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fortune by a stranger

a stranger gave me a fortune cookie when I was about to enter my building at 3:21am, back from partying. she had grabbed one too many. i liked the message, and I particularly liked the random way the cookie fell in my hands.

funnily enough, I didn't realise I took the picture upside down. being this a post about randomness, it only seems fitting I leave it as is.




"one can never fill another's shoes, rather he must outgrow the old ones."

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