I Am a Bad Influence

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Toronto, Canada

This year Toronto Pride fell on Canada Day weekend. This was the 32nd festival and demonstrates what I love about Toronto.

In the city the festival is not just for the LGBT community, almost everyone participates in some way and while it’s confined to a small area of the city, nearly 1 million people cram in to watch the parade.



I had already been to a few events that weeks and met up with some friends in Chinatown for Vietnamese food and decided that we should all head over to the area as there would be lots of music. It was a hot summer night so everyone was up for it but wanted to have some drinks first.


I had the perfect idea.


Chinatown was a leisurely 45 minute walk to the festival neighbourhood so we would start with one drink at the Vietnamese restaurant (who knew they served decent white wine) and the moment we exited the doors I would start a 15 minute timer.

When the timer goes off we would go into the first establishment that had alcohol and each buy a drink. No matter how dodgy or unappealing the place we had to go in. We would keep doing this until we reached the party.



girls drinking



Perhaps. It ended up being a fun night, although it started to get as fuzzy as these photos. But this is exactly why I wanted to come back to Toronto. I missed my friends and summer nights like these are perfect.





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  1. Roamingtheworld says:

    Sounds like a fun night out. And looks like you had a great time : )

  2. Camels & Chocolate says:

    Is it weird that I want that shirt even though I’m not Canadian, nor do I have any Canadian blood?

  3. Amresh Kumar says:

    Full-on Enjoyments and Fantastic fun over night,great time.

  4. Meg | One Love Meg says:

    Toronto sounds like a blast. That may have to be added to my must see list.

  5. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Looks like SO much fun!

  6. Chrystal McKay says:

    Ohh I want that Proud to be Canadian shirt – What fun! I’ve never been to Pride anywhere, but it looks like great fun. That’s one thing I do love about Canada – our acceptance of everyone!

  7. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    Great idea to combine drinking and exploring your city 🙂

    I look forward to doing the same while I am home.

  8. Very cool. I should try this next year. Pride is so much fun, especially when it lands on Canada Day.

  9. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) says:

    I’m definitely going to try the timer thing!

  10. Seattle Dredge says:

    hehe that’s an awesome idea! Might have to give it a try sometime 😀

  11. That looks like a wicked idea. Maybe next year set it to 10 minutes? lol

  12. I love it! I definitely miss summers with my friends back in California.

  13. I want one of those shirts too!

  14. What a fun night! I love that Toronto is not only inclusive but celebratory. 🙂

  15. Raul (@ilivetotravel) says:

    Brilliant!! PLUS, it gave you a guaranteed potty stop every 15 minutes – double genius! I was in Toronto for 15 months many yrs ago because of work and I haven’t been back since – but I had a blast during my time there. Cheers!

  16. Roy Marvelous says:

    Sounds awesome. Drinking + exercise 🙂

  17. That sounds like a brilliant idea! I’m going to try that one day.

  18. What a fun game!

  19. I wish I could say I felt the same about being back home in St. Louis. When people ask me if I am happy to be back I always say “In the States, yes, in St. Louis, not really.” I am dying to go to Toronto!

  20. Chompchomp says:

    I love your idea about the stop watch! No more debates over a location – the stopwatch decides!

  21. There is nothing like Toronto in summer:)

  22. Toronto Pride sounds awesome and so does your night. 😀 Definitely genius. Hahaha.

  23. Fun drinking game! And a good way of finding out new places. Sounds like a good night. 🙂

  24. Cathy Sweeney says:

    Fun times — I’ve been a bad influence at times, too. Nobody complains. I like the 15 minute plan. 🙂

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