Wednesday, July 17, 2013

In Hotel

Canada is super awesome, but pretty hot and humid. After a red-eye flight, transfer, 3 hour time change, and being crammed into a rental car with the suitcases barely fitting for three hours, we got to Niagara Falls.

After getting settled in, we went on a hike down a steep hill right to the river. We met a girl and her friend from around here, and we learned that she had recently been hitchiking from Columbia back up to Canada with barely any money and relying on the kindness of strangers. She was really enthusiastic and it sounded amazing. I was worried about safety, but she said that nothing had happened to her and the people were so much nicer than they made it sound on the news with dangerous reports about Mexico and everything. She described sleeping in the backs of trucks and in other people's houses, and it seems so much like a rawer experience of a different country than what most people get during their travels. She was fluent in Spanish and extremely enthusiastic about travel. She's backpacked in South America and Europe before as well.

I think I would like to do that someday, the backpacking, if not the hitchhiking. Travelling by oneself without a rigid plan or many comforts sounds like a real way to grab life by the horns.

We got to look around at the falls and tourist area today too! We will explore them more tomorrow.

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