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Jun. 8th, 2010

I don't think I ever noticed, before this year's Doors Open, that there are glass hallways in the windows of Union Station in Toronto. Now I know they exist; we have walked through them (a special thanks to smably for this picture and thanks to M. for all the others :)).

It is curious how perceptions change and how, after learning something new about a place or a thing, you cannot look at it the same way again. (Yes, the observation is trivial - yet the principle is continually exciting!)

I remember arriving to the Arches National Park in Utah, seeing, for the first time, the astoundingly-magnificently-massive red rocks and realizing that I have absolutely nothing to say or even think about them. Draw them? Sure. Know anything about how the rocks were formed, what their composition is, how they got to where they are? No, and yet this was precisely what I'd have liked to know. It's all about how things function, how are they constructed, or, as in this case, how they came to be.

Anyway, back to Doors Open with its not-so-profound-but-nevertheless-curious discoveries. Found out which parts of Union Station were designed for horse-drawn taxis (certain architectural mysteries were thus explained), went inside a steam locomotive and received a lecture on how it functions plus a few personal stories, tried a handcar and a rail bike and saw a whole lot of raw sugar. All in all, a good old-fashioned school-trip experience. I like Doors Open, I really do.

A lot of photos here and some below:


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Jun. 8th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I really like Doors Open too. I wish there were more hours in the day so I could see more, but I think we did pretty well given the time we had.

And I think we chose well. Apparently the line to see the Crystal Ballroom at the King Edward was very long.
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