Ok, we’re blowing our own horn.? Our motto is? Canadiana Backpackers Inn “it feels like home”.? ? That isn’t boasting!? Ask our? postman! His name is Cary and he can often be found participating in our hostel events (especially the Pub Crawl). He’s a member of our extended? family and has an interesting history:
Cary was a professional actor and a children’s clown for more than 10 years. He walked the boards, most? notably? performing at Stratford ? before opting for the job security? of postal work.? ? Cary is also an experienced? backpacker himself and has travelled widely to far flung places such as Burma, and? Nepal . As a civil servant, he gets six weeks annual leave.? Next year, he plans to make use of that generous holiday allowance and? explore China.?
I won’t tell you Cary’s age; but, were he a Cricket player he would be batting about half his way to a “century”. But at heart he is much younger, a lot wilder and far crazier than the majority of 20 year-old backpackers–he’s the first on the dance floor and is like the energizer bunny.? You are just as likely to find him participating in? our cultural evenings (plays, gallerys etc.) or indulging in our? bacchanals such as our weekly Pub Crawls or enjoying a burger at our twice weekly barbeque. After a few beers he does a wicked imitation of Marlon Brando in The Godfather and an uncanny? Jim Carey (a fellow Canadian, originally from Toronto).
So check out the hostel’s event line up and join us (and most likely Cary as well) for our next outing. This Saturday is St. Paddy’s Day and I’ll wager you’ll meet Cary if you come along with us to the Pub!
Cary is up at 2 am in order to get the mail at our door by 9 am. He’s only missed one day of work in the last ten years. Is that a Toronto (possibly Canadian)? record, Cary?? He? arrives every morning? with a joie de vivre,? a smile on his face, and a good? quip.
Cary at the pub crawl. A wealth of information about what to see and do in Toronto, we’ll get him to write some recommendations on the comment section at the end of this blog (coming soon).
Cary with Ruthie (from Detroit back for a second time, she visited us in the Summer), and Nilesh a staff member? who a guest? thanked (see comments on March 8th blog, “Adieu”)? “for your help, your friendship, your joy”.? Many, many people leave the hostel remembering ? Nilesh for these very qualities. Also patience. ? I know first hand as the poor guy has been trying to teach me to become more computer literate. Not an easy task, involving lots and lot of patience.? Thanks Nilesh.?
Most Summers the Canadiana rents a sail boat. Cary is on the right.