I know a few of you are waiting for this, so I’m posting it. If you start to read this and think I’m completely insane, feel free to skip to the pretty pictures, or just skip the whole thing. Trust me, it wouldn’t be the first time someone rolled their eyes at me. I captioned all of my trip photos on Flickr if you’d rather just scroll through over there, I won’t mind.
There really are no words to properly express how cool this was that I actually got to do this. Except I wrote 2000 of them, so I guess I tried.
If you follow me on Twitter or know me in real life, it is absolutely not a secret that I’m a fangirl. That means I really, really like my favorite TV shows. We generally accept that title and wear it proudly. It’s kind of like how we freak out over new fabric lines at Quilt Market. Kind of. Multiplied by 100.
One of these days I’ll write about all the health crap that I’ve been through in the last 10 years, but the most important thing is that I’m finally feeling a lot better. I still have to do a lot of work to get back in shape, but I’m at least healthy enough to be able to do that and not be in pain all the damn time. It’s nice to feel almost normal again and to be able to do normal things. So as a “make up for lost time” kind of thing, I told my friend Lisa about a play in Toronto that one of my favorite actors was going to be starring in. Since she fully supports and shares my fangirl habit, she was totally on board with going. And so a last minute road trip was planned. Chicago to Toronto, four days, three nights. Yes, we’re crazy! But as my friend Erin says, “Life is better when you’re a crazy person.”
I also wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I’ve been working out since November, getting back into shape, getting stronger. Not sleeping normal hours (as those on Twitter already know) but at least sleeping a normal *number of hours.* I wanted to know that I wouldn’t be wasting my money buying tickets to the Stargate Chicago convention and Fan Expo Toronto in August and all the other fun stuff I want to do. And I did it. My body did it. And holy crap was it a TON of fun. Definitely the craziest thing I’ve EVER done in my entire life.
So that’s why we drove 10+ hours each way to see a play. And it was so worth it. And I’m planning to do it again! Soon!
Are you still with me? Anyone want to hear about the actual trip and not just why I wanted to go? :)
Since they film all of our shows up there (Toronto and Vancouver mostly), we often wish we were Canadian. So just going to Canada for me was just the coolest thing ever. And it lived up to the stereotype of being friendly, clean and welcoming. And they really do say things like a-boat instead of about. It was adorable. I really loved it. Now, that could have been the fangirl high because I don’t think I stopped giggling. And I’m not a city girl – I couldn’t get out of downtown Chicago fast enough when I was there the week before (getting my passport renewed at the last minute… yes I REALLY wanted to go on this trip!)
We got there just before midnight Thursday night. The hotel was awesome. Sadly, the weather was horrible and it rained almost the entire time. Friday was the worst, and of course that was the night we had tickets to the play. We attempted to go out during the day and got soaked even through our windbreakers and I completely ruined my Good Fortune Two Zip Hipster. But at that point, I really didn’t care because we were there! (Fabric suggestions for a new one are welcome!)
We had a great view from the hotel – I took these Saturday once we got a little break from the rain.
The play was called Stockholm, starring Jonathon Young and Melissa-Jane Shaw. Just the two of them on stage for about an hour. The play itself was practically indescribable. So much emotion. It was a twisted love story, about the “cycle of conflict.” I won’t get too much into a review, mostly because I still can’t even wrap my head around it we should have seen it twice to really let it sink in. Parts were really funny and parts were really dark and disturbing. It was really fast moving, both the dialogue and the choreography. They tossed each other around that kitchen set – jumped on the counters, danced on the island and at one point he even picked her up and carried her brial style across the stage. There was singing, cooking, fighting. The emotions were intense. Not only were they aware of their every movement on the stage, but they could cycle through their emotions and make the audience really feel it. Their acting abilities completely blew me away! I knew to expect it, but it’s still something entirely different to see it in person and up close. It was absolutely amazing. (Fangirl friends reading this, you know how to contact me for more details. I know most of you already have! :P)
I mean, this is the promo photo they released. Half of the play was this intense. How do you even describe this? You really can’t, you just have to see it. And I’m glad that we did.
When mailing priceless packages to Australia you might as well fill the envelope, so I made her this pouch to go along with the post card (it’s a Stargate Earth symbol). I also sent Canadian money and Reese’s Pieces, since they apparently don’t have those there, and a couple other fun things. :)
Saturday we walked around the entire city. Lisa figured out we walked 10 miles. We didn’t get to go up CN Tower because it was too cloudy to be worth it, but wow is that thing tall. Next time! But we did get a very good feel for the city and the layout. It was really easy to get around, we didn’t get lost and we even gave directions a few times. We did get international data packages for our iPhones so we used Yelp and walking directions a lot. It worked out great.
Then we took the Ferry over to the island. And walked all the way around it. I think that’s how we logged so many miles.
If you read this entire post, I shall count you among my closest friends.Thank you, from the bottom of my fangirl heart. <3
P.S. Since I’m posting this on the real, historical Tesla’s birthday, I should link you to this fantastic comic from The Oatmeal explaining why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived and why modern society owes him everything. Every device you turn on today is somehow thanks to Nikola Tesla. So happy birthday Nikola Tesla!