We’d been planning to visit Niagara Falls for quite some time because, well, this is one of the most famous places in Canada and “must see” for every tourist here. Plus, the city is located in less than 200 km from London.

This week we’re having another long weekend and decided to take the bull by the horns and just go for it. The hugest issue was to find a hotel. Grateful for having 3 days without work, apparently the all Canada’s citizens had chosen Niagara Falls as a place to spend some time. All hotels had been already booked, not only in the city on the falls but also in Hamilton and Burlington. Finally, we found a room but the price was really crazy =(

Bridge to the United States. Yep, the building on the photo are already American

Our second concern was about the way to the Niagara Peninsula. Normally, people drive there. Our route included two trains and a bus. Luckily, it wasn’t that scary – we didn’t need to run all over cities trying to find a spot to get on the connecting transport. It was as easy as “arrive to the station, buy the ticket, wait 10-15 minutes until the next train or bus”.

“American” waterfalls

“Canadian” waterfalls

Many cities closer to Toronto are connected via GO buses and trains and this looks like a big deal – they depart often and I liked their double-decker buses and trains.

Seagulls don’t give a damn about tons of water around them

Niagara Falls looks like a Las Vegas’ little brother, it filled with casinos, arcades and places like haunted houses. After quite London I kind of forgot how it is – to be constantly surrounded by enormous amounts of people. The falls themselves are impressive, no doubts. They are impressive even when looking from a bank, but only when getting closer to them on a bout I realized how huge they are (and Niagara Falls are way far from being the tallest waterfall in the world!) There are two parts of the falls – American and Canadian, we were, obviously, on the Canadian side and was proudly wearing red “ponchos” while Americans on the opposite bank were dressed in blue =) Those ponchos are really necessary but even wearing one I still got soaked. Unfortunately, it was impossible to take even one good picture near the waterfall, we’re just covering our eyes and tried to protect at least something from the water. In the evening watched the highlighted falls from the “best viewspot in the town” but in my opinion it isn’t extremely interesting.

The view on the falls from the hill

Views on the boat are really nice

And there are rainbows below!

On the second day we moved to Hamilton. Why this city? Mostly because “why not” and it’s located more or less on the way to London. I messed up with the bus schedule a bit and we arrived there only at 2pm, so basically we had to run through a couple of spots and then head back. It was slightly surprising that despite the city’s size comparable to London, downtown Hamilton felt like, you know, a big city. One disappointment is that we didn’t have to time to visit spots near the lake (Hamilton is located on the lake Ontario) – that would be really great. Next time, probably.

A fountain in downtown Hamilton

This castle is the number one place to visit in Hamilton

View on the lake Ontario

Filling the gaps. Watched the Kill La Kill OVA today. MAL states that there are 2 special episodes but I could find only one that marked as “episode 25” and it’s dedicated to the graduation ceremony, which, of course, went in the totally wrong direction. The episode isn’t bad and I pretty sure that Kill La Kill fans would like it.

The second today’s OVA was Joshiraku. Oh, man, Joshiraku is awesome, as always, although I can easily understand people who can’t stand such anime. One of the best moments from this special:

Turned out that the mangaka, who wrote Joshiraku is the same guy who is responsible for “Zayonara Zetsubou Sensei”, Kouji Kumeta. I should’ve guessed that earlier, I think, considering how similar the style is. Now I’m looking forward to the OVA Katte Ni Kaizou, based on his manga with the same name. The anime was made by Akiuyki Shinbou and SHAFT (the rating is kind of low, but who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy it)!

 

Spent 2 days in Niagara Falls and Hamilton. Totally exhausted but saw some nice stuff =) We’re just from the train and I’m lazy so just a couple of meaningless photos now.

Downtown Hamilton

Going down to the falls

Marty Friedman has released his new album today, and I decided to read up on his career on Wikipedia to celebrate such a significant event. All I knew about Marty is that he played in Megadeth and now resides in Japan. Turned out that our world is a very small place because also he recorded the guitar track for the song “Moon Pride”, which is the opening of the Sailor Moon Crystal!

So, here come a couple of songs =)

Japanese Marty. He speaks Japanese great, by the way (hm, I shouldn’t be so surprised, probably, he’s lived there for, how many, 14 years?)

Moon Puraidu

Good old Megadeth days (his most famous solo)