Holiday Travels: (Mostly) a long, drawn out story of heading home
New York City, an obsession immediately forgotten when I stepped foot into the bustling streets of Toronto – big city minus the political drama *cue a red-faced Trump caricature*. Through the bitter wind and biting cold, I braved a couple days out to the heart of the city, from a flock of ice skaters celebrating the holidays to running through slush hunting down multiple Ubers, it was quite worth it. Also tried ramen for the first time! After waiting around with a couple friends for a seat at a chic, high in demand restaurant – many of those coming in had made reservations – and after spotting the slightly too pricey menu combined with the waiting period – we decided to leave in favor of a scaled down, top 5 ramen noodle restaurant mid-city. A warm bowl of soup and noodles, mainly non-vegetarian save for the one item I was able to order; a contrasting cuisine than I am used to but curiosity nonetheless!
At last, climbing aboard the frosty Greyhound bus, destined to go back to my hometown with my sister behind me, I took a seat and instantly fell asleep. Opening my eyes here and there throughout the bus ride showed lands of snow laden fields, empty and dead where crops once grew and will grow again. My eyes opened as my sister nudged me to let me know we were close to home. It was a bit dark, and getting darker as we got to the city’s borders, to the bus terminal, where we would be getting picked up my family, who were bored out of their minds without our liveliness at home. (Although my brother was enjoying his new gaming console, which reminded me of the insane amount of fun I used to have with my Xbox. Christmas of seventh grade, along with a couple games (that were not quite an appropriate age level but had spread around enough popularity that I gave them a shot. 18+ adulthood, here I come.) Call of Duty: Black Ops quickly became my forte – come back from school and you’d find me transfixed, quickly earning more points than anybody else on the team. It was to nobody’s knowledge that there was a measly seventh grade girl behind the gamertag roya1rampa3g3. Those days were over once high school hit, and the Xbox would get the occasional zombie killing spree sessions. As my eyes passed over street after street of settled snow and a handful of pedestrians scattered about – running home for dinner, on a phone call, walking the dog – the usual – the sun started to slowly fall behind the vacant buildings. As we entered downtown, little pop ups shops for all sorts of knick knacks passed me by – pubs, restaurants, bars, a record store, bubble tea, poutine, shwarmas – reminiscent of more than a few memories. The affluent shops of Toronto and high end marketers had vanished, replaced by an impeccable sense of distorted reality, some sort of dark world I had been thrust into just as quickly as I had been around one of vitality and spiritedness. Partly visible was the skyline that draws many here, the view of the bridge, the buildings of a city being rebuilt from it’s glory days to it’s break down – the city across the water was my second home, a very different feeling from the streets of other metropolitan cities. Memories of livelier times passed through my mind as the bus rattled down the road, and finally pulled up the terminal. The oncoming rush of passengers as they erupted and sprang from their seats to hustle their way down the aisle to pick up their luggage and head home to their families woke me from my daydream, as I slowly got up and was one of the last to exit the bus, albeit for the passengers staying on to head to the next city. Over was the amusement from the last few days, and the face of existence had hit hard. Back home? More like a temporary stay while I plan another vacation!
Word of the Day
Hortatory (adj.): supportive, encouraging (The coach gave his players a hortatory speech to inspire them to play well.)
-3 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped
-2 cups frozen tropical fruit
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (I only used 1/8 teaspoon in the video, but it was not enough)
-1.5 cups frozen blueberries (I used 2 cups in the video and it made extra, so 1.5 would be enough)
-Water or almond milk, to help the fruit mix if needed
-2 teaspoons shredded coconut, for topping
Blend the frozen bananas with the cinnamon and vanilla extract in a food processor until it is the consistency of ice cream. Pour into two cups, and set aside. Next, blend the tropical fruit with the turmeric until there are no chunks remaining, and layer on top. Blend the frozen blueberries and layer it on next, followed by the shredded coconut as topping. Eat right away!
*I did not have vanilla extract at the time which is why you do not see it in the video.*
Makes: 2 servings
Nutritional Info (per serving):
Fat: 2 g
Carbs: 89 g
Sodium: 3 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sugar: 60 g
Protein: 4 g