Where to start.. Well firstly, it feels like 'more has happened' in the last 2 days than over the past 5 weeks. Not with regards to therapy of course, which was the entire reason we were here, but to do with interesting things and touristy things.. now just to figure out where to begin with the story... the start right?
Thursday. Tova went to class in the morning. I did the final touches on packing, then worked, then paced the building feeling lost once I had turned off my computer at around 11am. I spent time talking to Tracy, the mum I developed a good relationship with over the past 5 weeks. She is amazing and actually, if it wasn't for her, not sure that I would have managed mentally for the 5 weeks. The other parents were all just as amazing, but Tracy and I seemed to make a different connection. Anyways.
One of the adults that had been doing the program when we first arrived at the camp came to pick me up with her husband. They live locally. We had to leave before graduation was over, so Tova missed out on the party and amazing looking cake. I feel quite sad about that, but we had to get a train.
I didn't think I would get all emotional, but actually, when I grabbed Tova to go I couldn't talk. I kinda just ran out the door not able to say anything much.. How embarrassing. I am such a wuss. Rude too, but I didn't mean to be rude, I just hate crying in public. AND I didn't even end up crying. I probably would have if I was with Yuval or other family, but I was with people I hardly know and so, did't cry.. .
We drove VERY SLOWLY to the train station. I felt very extremely grateful for the ride to the train station in Bellville, and sad that we missed the graduation knowing that we could have stayed at the camp longer and then just driven faster than 60/70kmp, and made it to the train at the same time.. but the people I got a life with are lovely and it is all good. I was feeling emotional and stressed about traveling so not really sure how to deal with all that.
So, Tova and I got on the train... It was a beautiful, comfortable train with free wifi. I think we were moved into first class because that is where assistance was to help us get on the train.. What ever it was, it was comfortable and fun, heaps of fun. Tova is a great travel buddy. I was scared traveling with her, alone, in a foreign country, but she took it all in her stride watching her ipad and looking out the window. I am so very proud of her.
Not much happened on the train. Just sitting and looking.
We got to Toronto. We found our bag and checked it in the bag place for the night. Then made our way with MUCH confusion and worse than Melbourne signage, to our next train. Train to Burlington. In the end we found it, got on it and sat again. Tova being perfect all the time.
I actually worked out that we got on the wrong train but to the same destination. So it didn't matter, it was actually good because we had enough time to meet the bus, which we probably would have missed otherwise. So that was clever.
When we got off the train at Burlington a lovely lady showed us where to go to find the bus and she gave us her cookies (which of course, being the germaphobe I am, we didn't eat, I am sure they were perfectly fine, but.. ).
We eventually got on the bus to Niagara Falls.
Again, Tova perfect....
Once we arrived a lady who had been on our bus and who lives in Niagara Falls drove us to our hotel. We hadn't spoken on the bus or anything, she just heard me ask how long it would take to walk to the hotel.. NICE!!! That walk would have taken forever!
At the amazing hotel I asked for the best room possible (we had already paid for our room).. I explained that we had been stuck in the middle of somewhere with no car learning to walk for the past 5 weeks and we really needed to have something special to remember from Canada, something touristy special.. He put us on the 40th floor with the most unbelievable view of the falls. I mean seriously, unbelievable.
We got settled in and went downstairs to eat. I ate almost a weeks worth of food. Tova ate too, and entire bowl of guacamole and some fish and mashed potatoes. We are pigs. By the time we got back upstairs it was about 10pm. I don't mind, we are about to have serious jet lag, so what difference does it make.
So any fat I didn't put on over the past 5 weeks, I put on over the past 2 days, that is for sure.
After dinner we looked out the window and Tova went to bed..
In the morning I woke up at something like 7.45. I was lying there for a while and then heard whimpering. OMG, I looked over and there was NO TOVA IN HER BED. I leaped up frantically, where the fruck could she be? I had put about 10 pillows around her bed on the floor in case she fell out during the night. But she wasn't on any of them. I started picking them all up like a mad woman. I found her, under a pillow and wedged under her bed. FUCCCCCCCCRRRKKK. I almost threw up. Not sure about anything. I don't know how long, I don't know, I just don't know. I wish I could was my eyes from the vision. I don't want to keep seeing it. I grabbed her, scooped her up in my arms and put her next to me in my bed. She was still all sleepy. She was fine. but omg, omg, omg. How revolting.
We skypedYuvie. Tova was more interested in watching the wiggles so, see ya aba! Sorry! You aren't as cool as the wiggles this morning!
I went and checked the fridge and freezer that had been delivered to my room last night. They guy came up last night with two fridges, turned one down to freezing and the other to normal. I asked him a bunch of times which one was which and he told me.. well dude. You were wrong. The growth Hormone and other meds all got frozen, while the ice packs all melted. I tried to google the dangers of using frozen growth hormone etc. Not much to find other than DO NOT FREEZE.. Stressful.
We went for breakfast. It was a free buffet, GROSS. I hate buffet food.. disgusting. But I had to feed T. So I grabbed a heap of bananas and porridge. The staff were amazing and helped me. Tova must be quite obviously 'special needs' to the public, because no one questioned me about needing help. Interesting. So anyway. The staff were very helpful, even though they weren't supposed to do table service or anything, they did.. Tova didn't like the porridge and ate 3 bananas. I took the fruit with us when we left.
Check out was at 12 so we slowly got ready while being very distracted by the view from our room. Last night when I first walked in I swore. I mean, wow, what a view.
We wandered around the falls for a few hours before we had to go get the bus. We mostly just spent money on food and gifts for Nissim. Tova didn't like the soup I got her, so I got her a muffin. It is really very difficult to eat out with someone that doesn't chew. I have given up almost, and now just feed her cake. That tim/tom Horton place is great because they the muffins for 1.25 or what ever they are. Tova is pretty much living off them today and probably tomorrow.
We got a taxi to the bus, got on the bus, got back on the train from Burlington to Toronto. Met a great guy on the bus, that helped us on and off the stupid train that had no ramp. Then he walked with us to get my bag, and then out to the street to find the bus to the airport. It was tricky as it had been moved and where it was moved to, had no sign. But we found it and he wandered off. Thanks nice man.
We got on a small bus to meet the big bus to take us to the airport. A lady let me use her phone to ring the hotel to ask them to come pick Tova and I up. We arrived at the airport and a few moments later the shuttle arrived. We got to our hotel and they told us to go next door because we have been upgraded. Nice.
WOW, what a room. This place is lovely. Nothing to see out the windows, but so nice in here. Clean and new and fresh. I am impressed, especially as if I remember correctly, I didn't pay much for this room when I booked online the another week. Probably less than $100.
It must have been around 8pm by the time we go here. We went down the road for dinner. We went to an irish pub. Tova fell in love with the Chinese, Canadian Musician playing his guitar and signing bob Marley songs. We ordered food and took it back to our hotel. I ate most of it, she ate some.
She is now sleeping on a mattress on the floor thank you very much. I said to her she is welcome to fall off this one! Which she is currently almost doing. She is such a mover in her sleep, which is why I hate sleeping with her so much.
So that is that. We have met some amazing people over the past 2 days. Lots of people want to help us, no one has been scary, and we have had fun. Tova has been very tolerant the entire time. Thank goodness for the ipad.
This is our last night in Canada. Strange. wow, I am going to fall into Yuval's arms (after Tova of course, so perhaps in a few days, when they let each other go) and I am going to let my little precious most wonderful son in the universe fall into mine while I present him with his many gifts.
HOME TOMORROW, sort of.. we have to fly for 30 or so hours first, but HOME! I am looking forward to getting Tova moving using her canes and making her walk using her walking frame everywhere, even in the house. That is going to be reinforced, If she wants to get somewhere, she must walk!
Eating next, we will get her self feeding, then move onto solids, omg, and one day i can just hand her a sandwich and say, 'there ya go'. I can only imagine how easy life would be without worrying about having puree something all the time.
right.. photos. I might do them when I get home. Too tired right now.
Niagara Falls Canada - USA View