Earlier this week, I traveled to Toronto, Canada on my first work trip... ever! It was a great experience and I learned a lot about my new team, Travel & Lifestyle Services (TLS). I had not been to Toronto since the North American Debate Championships (Northams) in January 2010 at York University.
My boss and I were only there for 1.5 days, so needless to say it as pretty jam packed with meetings during this market visit. However, I was able to find some time to catch up with one of my MBA grad school friends who recently started working for AMEX in Canada!
During my stay, I stayed at the Shangri-La Toronto, a very swanky 5-star hotel chain with a gorgeous pool. The room was so spacious, bathroom alone could have been a small studio apartment in NYC, which included a hot tub and TV built into the mirror. The hotel concierge even left me a nice handwritten note and left me pound cake loaf to welcome me to the hotel. I would definitely love to stay there again, can I afford it is the question!
After Day 1, all of the managers+ went to a team dinner at Baro, a delicious Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto. The food here was DELICIOUS and the menu had some great names of dishes. My favorite dishes on the menu were the steak and the the tacos, but the most amusing dish names were "Big Ass Steak" and “Eat Like Jefe!”
On the way back to the hotel from Baro, we had a great view of one of Toronto's most popular attractions, the CN tower. For those of you who know me know I had to stop and take a photo. My new boss surprisingly followed suit and took a photo on Snapchat to send to his children.
The next day was filled with back to back meetings starting at 8:30 AM to 4 PM, which I then headed to the airport for my flight - delayed about 5 hours... However, on my flight home, I sat next to someone who taught me a bit about meditation and turned about to be a new friend!
Can't wait for my next trip!