September 17, 2004

The Beginning of the End

So ends my first week of my final year in school. I had my first assignment of the year due today in my collage courses where we had to create a sound collage. I stayed up until 4:30 am working on it and had to wake up at 8am so I was quite the zombie today during school. It was a pretty hectic week for me. I haven't gotten any rest since I got back from my trip. The night I got back I went to bed at 3am. The next 2 days I volunteered at the Toronto Film Festival. Sunday night was the opening of Kevin Bacon's movie, The Woodsman, at the theatre I was working at. I actually got to see Kevin Bacon, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt! :O On Monday I had class at noon, then volunteered in the afternoon until 11:30 pm. That night was the opening of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's movie, Mysterious Skin. I didn't get to see him, but I did see Michelle Trachtenberg instead. Oooh the excitement! My Monday shift was pretty cool overall- I met a girl studying architecture at Ryerson and during our hour break, I gave her an architectural tour of the U of T campus. I also got to work in the auditorium for one move and sit in during the screening of Cinévardaphoto, which sounded really interesting, but turned out to be quite boring. Plus the fact that I was standing for a big chunk of the movie didn't make it any better. Wednesday I caught the industry screening of Whisky w/ Chris. It was a good film... a bit on the slow side. Yesterday we caught an amazing film called Millions, which was very much in the style of Big Fish and Amélie- colourful and fantastical. Tomorrow is my last volunteer shift. Must sleep, zzz.

Posted by mich at 12:23 AM | dreams [0]

September 13, 2004

Back from Sunny California

Just got back to Toronto Friday evening and it feels great to be back in Canada. Loving the weather here compared to the stifling heat in Los Angeles, bleh! Out of all the cities I visited, I loved San Francisco the most: beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, so picturesque, and so much to see and do. I took so many pictures; I kind of went buckwild with my 2 cameras and took around 20 rolls of film. Yikes. Too much to write about my trip, but I'll just list the memorable highlights (and lowlights :P)

San Francisco (Aug. 27 - Sept. 2)
- standing at the front of the cable car riding up to Fisherman's Wharf
- walking down the crooked part of Lombard Street
- climbing up and down Telegraph Hill twice
- seeing all the wind turbines on the way to Yosemite National Park
- trying various ethnic cuisines with Rupert and Esther
- ferry tour to Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz island
- eating clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl
- shopping in Haight Ashbury
- hanging out with Rupert and Esther the my last night: gallery opening, exploring Chinatown alleyways, and Italian dinner in North Beach
- the Mexican souvenir shop owners wondering if I was married
- all the homeless/drunk/crazy people on the streets

San Diego & Orange County (Sept. 3 - Sept. 6)
- 4 hours of sleep the night before catching my 6:30am flight to San Diego, then almost falling asleep at the San Diego Zoo
- exploring Balboa Park and the Musuem of Photographic Arts
- walking across the border to Tijuana and shopping with Julia in the arts and crafts market
- a Mexican store owner wondering whether I wanted a wallet, or a purse, or a watch, or a husband, or a boyfriend
- eating a band-aid in my pizza and drinking a Kahlua mix to sanitize my mouth
- sleeping on the "haunted" sofa bed
- kite flying and taking a trolley tour around SD with Jason
- dinner at Cheesecake Factory with Jason in Orange County
- all the homeless/drunk/crazy people on the streets

Los Angeles (Sept. 7 - 9)
- pulling into the ghetto Greyhound station and feaking out that it was actually my stop
- leaving my wallet on the Greyhound and having it stolen by one of the 4 people left in the bus behind me
- driving along Sunset Blvd and Mullholland Drive with Daniel and getting lost about 5 times
- spending the whole day at the Getty Center
- seeing Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive
- learning some Italian from Marco
- the slummy/run-down/ghetto streets in between all the sights to see
- the hot, smoggy, sticky weather... yucky

Santa Monica (Sept. 9 - 10)
- seeing all the colourful, clean streets after being in LA
- the super clean hostel that was a 2-minute walk from the beach
- visiting the beach for the first time on the trip and watching the sunset
- walking along Third Street Promenade and watching the street performers at night
- waking up at 6am my last morning to watch the sunrise from the beach

Posted by mich at 1:09 AM | dreams [0]

September 4, 2004

Yikes, I'm Melting

It's so hot today in San Diego. It's only mid-morning and I'm boiling hot walking around on the streets. I just got into the city yesterday morning by plane. Had to wake up at 4am, catch the subway to the Oakland airport for my 6:25 am flight and arrived at 8am. Checked out the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and explored the Gaslamp District, which is where I'm staying. Today I'm off to Tijuana for a day trip... it'll be my first time in Mexico. Kinda excited, yet kinda nervous from hearing about what it's like down there.

Posted by mich at 1:40 PM | dreams [0]