6.24.2010

149. Toronto | G20 Summit

There's so much I need to blog about but I don't even know where to start..this week has been quite interesting to say the least. So much stuff going on with the G20 (starting tomorrow), the World Cup, & yesterday we even had an earthquake here in Toronto!!

So the earthquake..I was just sitting in my room, reading about the G20 when suddenly I felt the building shaking. It felt exactly like turbulance on a plane. I had no idea what it was at first..with the G20 and all I even thought my building got bombed on the lower floors. & I thought it was gonna topple over any second!! I've never experienced anything so scary before..then it was all over the news and Twitter - apparently a 5.5 magnitude earthquake =\ If it was a bigger one I'd probably be dead/under a mountain of cement right now. It's pretty much impossible to escape from a high-rise building..next time if anything like this happens I'm gonna attempt to make a parachute from my bedsheets and jump out the window hahah. Then in the evening there were tornados in other parts of Ontario (which destroyed quite a lot)....not sure what was going on with the weather yesterday. OH and I actually got an email from CNN asking me if I could give them my "personal account" of the earthquake which was pretty cool lol (they found me from my Twitter).

After the earthquake, I went over to Irish Embassy with a guy from my building to watch the Germany/Ghana match. I'm also really happy about Netherlands and Japan today, which are my other top teams. Japan had such amazing goals, and I love Keisuke Honda!! I really have a thing for Japanese guys with dyed hair.


Here are the fences of the G20 summit. There's hordes of cops everywhere in the area! When I walked past here that day there were at least 75 cops all standing there on the corner..it was kind of intimidating walking by them, as they all stared. To be honest I don't mind the police or the fences at all. I kind of like the extra security. It's cool to experience something like this..I live right on the border of the fenced in zone.




I think everyone should stop complaining about the $1 billion spent on security/the G20 in general. All the world leaders are here in one place so it makes sense. It's always better to be over-prepared. If everything goes smoothly then it means that enough was spent on security..but if something does happen then people will probably complain about not enough security. People will always find something to complain about. Inevitably there will be TONS of protestors, and they're not here for peaceful protesting. I imagine them vandalizing buildings, smashing windows, fires, etc..so it's better to have security to prevent as much of it as they can. I really hope the protestors won't make a huge mess of the city by the end..I'll keep you updated.
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