A Visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

If you follow me on social media you already know that last week I went to Toronto on a press trip with President’s Choice (you can expect more on the “work” portion of my trip tomorrow). While in Toronto I had some free time and since anytime I’m in Toronto it’s for a whirlwind trip with no time to sightsee, I decided to hit the streets and see some sights!

A friend had been to the aquarium when in Toronto the week before and recommended that I check it out, and since it was next to the CN Tower which I wanted to check out anyway I headed in that direction.

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The good thing about walking to the CN Tower is you have a pretty good landmark to make sure you keep on track! The Rogers Centre also hangs out in that part of town

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After stopping to take the required number of tourist CN Tower photos, I made my way down to the aquarium and inside. I was surprised at just how busy it was for a random Thursday afternoon in September. I can only imagine what it’d be like at the height of tourist season!

I’ll be honest, when I saw that it was going to cost me $30 to go in I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go, it seemed like a lot of money but I had time to kill and I do like looking at fishies so in I went!

Be prepared for photo overload…

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one of the rare blue lobsters (they had two, and a red one as well. And possibly a white one…my memory is failing me on that one)

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Mr (or Mrs.) Octopus!

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Star Fish

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I was really enjoying the aquarium, until I entered Dangerous Lagoon

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Once I started hanging our with sharks – I was certain that the $30 admission was more than worth it. How often to you get to have sharks swim over your head without any worry for your safety? If you’re me – the answer is never.

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This guy startled more than one person (including myself) when they looked up and saw it hanging out right above their head!

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apparently it’s a popular place to hang out!

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Sea Horse

I had never seen Sea Horses with their tails wrapped around something like this (though I’m sure they do it often, I don’t hang out with them very frequently!)

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And now let’s just bask in the amazement that is the creatures in the world…

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This isn’t the clearest photo, but I love that this dude looks like it’s smiling and waving to me!

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So despite my initial concern that the cost might not be worth it, it absolutely was. If I had, had the whole day free I would have spent so much longer there, but my short visit was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend visiting it (especially if you have kids) if you are in the Toronto area.

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Zumba ZIN 53 Preview

Still no new mega mix here yet (hopefully it’ll arrive early next week) but I did notice a preview for ZIN 53 was released on Thursday. Have y’all seen it yet? If not check it out:

Sounds like they are really overhauling the format giving us a lot more options on how to view the content, and I think I like the idea of choreo notes right on the DVD (I might change my mind once I see it). I rarely go online to look at the notes on zumba.com so I think it’ll be nice to be able to look at them right on the DVD if I want to.

And as far as the volume goes, I’m always excited when Gina is around – I normally like a lot of her choreo routines so yay for October when ZIN 53 will arrive!

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