So today I went on a date with myself. It was fun. I highly recommend it!
Like I said yesterday, I selected one of the places participating in the “Doors Open Toronto” event. I learned a little bit more about it today. It’s to showcase the city’s architecture.
I did this date up right! I dressed up a little more than I normally would on a Sunday, did a full face of makeup and looked just hands down adorable. Seriously, take pride in how you look guys! There’s no shame in admitting when you look adorable. I even wore lipstick! Yeah! LIP-STICK! I never wear lipstick! It’s a big deal.
So I leave church and head on over to the Aga Khan Museum. It took about 40 minutes of two buses and walking to get there but it was well worth it. I found out that the free part of the museum was only a guided tour outside. But they did have half priced admissions for the museum for the weekend since it was a special weekend.
I decided to start off with the free tour. It was of the outside of the building which was super impressive! I was a little concerned since it was such a beautiful sunny day out and I didn’t bring sunscreen or my sun umbrella, but I had on a long sleeved light sweater which was perfect. It is thin enough for the breeze to go right through it which allowed me to keep my arms covered and my 2-shades from albino skin safely hidden from the sun. I didn’t get burnt and my freckles are now totally popping! Do you have freckles? Do they do that? Mine get so vibrant after I’ve been in the sun in the summer. It’s like they start to glow or something.
The tour guide was super knowledgeable and she was also a patron of the museum. She had cute little anecdotes for each place that she took us and had answers to all the questions that people asked her. The tour was only about 20 minutes long, but it was great. The outside of the building was so stunning. There is a building, then a garden, and then another building on the other side. They were all built by the same person if I am remembering her speech correctly.
The gardens were amazing. Not a lot of the trees and flowers were in bloom yet, but it’s still early in the season.
Then we went inside to this little atrium. It was a square inside the main museum building. But it had no roof. But it was totally enclosed. And it was, again, beautiful. There really isn’t another word that I can use to describe this place. It was just simply beautiful. The tour guide asked the little kids in the group if we were inside of outside – because technically we were both. It was cute to see the kids get confused trying to answer because once they had decided on either inside or outside, they would then start to justify the other option as well.
Once the tour was over, I stayed around in that little atrium for a few minutes because a lady was setting up some hoops on the ground. We had been told at the start of the tour that there would be “pop up dancers” through-out the day, and this was one of them.
She was an Aboriginal hoop dancer. Originally from Manitoulin Island, and I think I was the only person in the group of people who had collected to know where that is. She began by explaining where she was from and the significance of the dance to her people and where she had performed it and all that. Then she did her dance and it was amazing!! I took a video of it on my phone so you get to enjoy it as well.
My only regret for this outing was that I didn’t bring my proper camera with me. The following pictures are just from my cell phone, but I would have loved to have my Nikon with me and spend more time in and around the gardens.
Of course, like I said last night, I then took myself right on over to the closest Starbucks. Which was at the Shops at Don Mills. Another place I have never been, but when I feel like a nice day out, I will just head back over there since it looks like a place I need to explore more and go shopping!
So all in all, a successful outing and a great date! I wish actual potential dates had access to this site (but only for posts like this), because seriously, this would have been a perfect real date with someone. Have I written about my all-time favourite first date? With the hiking and the pie? One of my regulars let me know, cos if I haven’t, I most definitely will! It was awesome. It didn’t go onto a second date, but it was still a great first date.
I know it’s a little silly to say that I went on a date with myself, but I think that we forget to take time to really take care of ourselves. Like, I was at the museum for about an hour and left feeling refreshed and relaxed. It was like taking a mental health day. I love taking guided tours of places, and love it even more when I get to take pictures of architecture and learn about the history of a place. Like just let me take pictures, absorbing the sites around me, and you can talk about everything that has happened here. It’s why I love taking coach-bus tours for vacation.
Being a religion major, I like to take pride in the fact that I know a lot about Asian religions, but I actually skipped over a lot of the Islamic courses so my knowledge of that culture is really lacking. I did take a course on Baha’i but that’s not exactly Islam. It’s an off-shoot. But that’s not what this post is about. I was glad for the opportunity to increase my knowledge just the tiniest bit. I will definitely be going back to the museum some other time to go through the actual exhibits.