On Sunday November 9, more than 30 students from the ESL Program travelled to Toronto to visit the Royal Ontario Museum, and to explore its Downtown core. The students met up at the Hazel McCallion Campus and took the Sheridan Shuttle Bus to their destination. As they arrived, onlookers watched as a flood of students came off the bus with excitement spread across their faces. As they walked in, they were greeted by a towering dinosaur fossil that stretched across the entire width of the lobby. The students were joined by Professor Natalie Killick, who spent time showing students around the ROM.
The students later reconvened in the lobby, and headed towards the Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square. The walk from the ROM was not long, but the cold temperatures certainly made you wish the Eaton Centre was just around the corner. A number of students did not anticipate how cold Canada can be, and wore only light jackets and sweaters.
“It’s not that cold, I’ll be fine” – Eric Xu, as he dug his hands into his sweater pockets, and told the group to move faster.
Upon their arrival, they were greeted by Professor Mark O’Leary, who volunteered to show students around the city. Most students did not want to venture outside again, fearful of the Canadian Cold, but a group of 12 students decided to go back out and explore. Accompanied by Mark, the students saw the beautiful Christmas window displays at the Bay; passed by the City Hall and Nathan Philips Square; explored the shops along Queen Street West; found out what a crêpe is, and how it’s made; walked through Chinatown; and stopped by a Japanese Ramen Noodle House to eat and warm up with some delicious soups.
As the students gathered back on the bus, they shared the pictures they took throughout the day, and told stories of their adventures. When asked what they thought of the trip, many had great things to say about the ROM, and enjoyed the shopping at the Eaton Centre. As the bus pulled away from the parking lot and the lights dimmed, most students slowly drifted off to sleep, exhausted from a long day in the big city.
Thank you to everyone that came on the trip, we hope you had a great time! A special thank you goes out to the ESL Club for assisting with the planning, and to Natalie Killick and Mark O’Leary, for volunteering their time to be with the students. If you know any ESL students interested in joining the club, or want to give suggestions for events and trips, please email Jack Leung for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.