Toronto, Canada (Aug 2015)
Recently named one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet, Toronto is home to more than 140 ethnic minorities or cultures. Similar to Austin, you can find all sorts of “weird” hobbies and niches in the city, from local coin shops to Anime stores. In general, the city is a fusion between the US and French Canada, not quite as French as Montreal and not as American as Chicago per say. People are respectful and the atmosphere seems like a great environment to live in. Many foreign students come to study at the many Universities in this city as well. The city and the surrounding suburbs are organized nicely into blocks as not to make navigating difficult.
CN Tower: Visit the tallest tower in Toronto for great views of the city. The tower is located by the Rogers Center, a stadium, and overlooks Lake Ontario in addition to the city. Admission is a bit higher than expected and the views are okay. The line peaks around 2-3PM so any other time to visit requires less than a 1.5 hour wait for the elevator.
Casa Loma: One of the few well preserved European estates, Casa Loma is the major attraction towards the North of the city. Visit Europe without actually visiting Europe. Get lost in the gardens or the highest tower for a view of the city despite the location of the castle being relatively more inland than everything else.
Chinatown: Out of many Chinatowns in the world, the Chinatown here seem to be the most active. A festival, filming, performances, and other activities were going on. With the USD becoming stronger relative to the CAD, Chinatown just became even cheaper. A haircut and lunch cost a total of under $10 USD.