Toronto Photos: University of Toronto

 

Photo walks in summer and winter around University of Toronto’s (UofT’s) St. George Campus

University College, University of Toronto

Even now, despite all the new buildings along St. George and other parts of the downtown campus, and the twenty years (!) that’s passed since I graduated (BA Distinction, English, if you wanna know), the UofT campus still draws me into its orbit whenever I visit T.O.. Never mind that they paved Philosopher’s Walk; ignore the astroturf being laid for the 2015 PanAm games. The campus still feels like some secret garden in the midst of Toronto’s condo boom, one heckuva green space in the heart of the city, with acres of (real) grass and tree-lined paths and Hogwarts-style buildings.

On a more personal note, uni played an important role in the ongoing adventure of my life, and I always re-connect with my younger self as I walk past the houses and colleges and libraries where I spent much of my twenties – before this continuing adventure of life took me to Montreal for grad school, and Japan for a teaching career )and not a little writing and photography).

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”

Anyway…

I recently put together a slideshow of pictures from around campus, mainly Hart House, and University, Victoria, and Trinity Colleges, where I spent much of my time.

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Toronto Photo Drift: Summer 2014

Toronto Cityscape
Toronto Cityscape

A month(!) of photo walks in Toronto.

Amazing how quickly we can slip into a routine. Every day I’d wake early and leave the place I stayed in Davenport Village, before 7 am, to enjoy the last gasps of night’s cool air before the day got all hotted up by the sun. I followed familiar songlines along Davenport, Along Dupont, down streets I used to live on (Salem Avenue), until I arrived at the Starbucks at Christie and Dupont (my new favourite for decor, and for opening at 6 am!) for the first rest stop of the day. Then I would continue on to The Annex for breakfast, then to the reference Library at Bloor and Yonge to do a little prep for the new school year or some writing/research, or just to eavesdrop on the ESL students studying or just killing time between classes. The Starbucks at Bloor and Yonge, just past the Tim Hortons out the library doors, counts as my second-favourite coffee shop hangout this trip. Continue reading “Toronto Photo Drift: Summer 2014”