I spent sometime at the Toronto General Hospital yesterday, interpreting for a group of Japanese nurses. I always feel uncomfortable in hospitals, and medical settings in general. It's partly the depressing atmosphere, and partly a fear of nosocomial infections (院内感染 in Japanese). The group was very kind, so that made the experience a little better. They were also impressed with my backstory, which was probably why they ended up paying me more than I expected. It turns out my simultaneous interpretation skills were a little rusty, so the job was good prep for my upcoming trip to Japan. All in all, a good day's work.
After the job I decided to go wander around Toronto's "path" underground system. I ended up getting a guidebook so I can start planning a trip out to Western Japan before I get to my workcamp in Aichi.
Finally I hooked up with Nathan to go catch the Blue Jay/Brewer game at the SkyDome (since I refuse to call it the Roger's Centre). It was my first game at the SkyDome, and I was amazed at the amenities that you find in a modern baseball stadium. After years of going to games at the Olympic Stadium, I never realized what I was missing out on. It was also a big thrill to see the SkyDome's roof retract before the game. Unfortunately the game wasn't too fun to watch. The Blue Jays scored 6 runs in the first inning, making the outcome pretty much foregone conclusion. Given the fact that neither one of us had a strong attachment to either team we got bored pretty quickly. It also didn't help that we were sitting with a group of obnoxious high school kids.
We ended up ditching the game after the sixth inning. We hooked up with Nathan's sister, and ended up having various philosophical discussions over drinks at the Elephant and Castle. Fun times...