29 May 2014 Toronto

Towers and Eye Movements...
Celebrating our grandson Tien’s 5th birthday, conquering Toronto's CN Tower together and re-discovering those awesome neuro-linguistic findings about the power of eye movements: a tall building will hoodwink the people to look up to its top and, as a result, their upwardly eye movements trigger powerful internal visualisations like memory pictures, dreams and visions of the future. 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined.”
(Henry David Thoreau)

Riding the glass-fronted and glass-floor panelled high-speed elevators to the top of Ontario ("Yours to Discover") in only 58 seconds (admission: C$ 24.00 per senior citizen, children under four [!] free of charge), testing our nerves with a thrilling view through the 2½-inch thick glass floor in the 346-m high observation deck and feeling a very stiff breeze on the Outdoor Sky Terrace at 342 m above ground.

Counting the number of high-rising telecommunication towers which we have climbed between our first visit (together with grandson Raoni in August 2010) and our second visit (together with grandson Tien in May 2014) of the 553-m high Canadian National Tower: (i) the 165-m high Menara Alor Setar, (ii) the 509-m high Taipei 101, (iii) the 433-m high Canton Tower, (iv) the 480-m high N Seoul Tower, and (v) the 378-m high Tuntex Sky Tower.
“He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something; he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little; and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.” 

Going back to Barrie by means of reliable and convenient GO Bus (80 km, 1 1/2 hours, C$ 6.50 per senior citizen) and being cockered up with Konni's garlic-powered, famous fresh garden salads: (i) sort of organically farmed Canadian veggies from Southern Ontario, (ii) sort of WMD-free tofu from Toronto's Chinatown and (iii) positively home-grown herbs from our safe house's balcony garden.

For Raoni, Tien and Ronja:
Wir waren in den vergangen Jahren auf vielen hohen Bauwerken. Meistens waren es Telekommunikations-Tuerme mit grossen Antennen obendrauf. Vielleicht aber sind die technischen Anlagen auch bloss eine faule Ausrede, um das Geld fuer den Bau solch hoher Tuerme zu bekommen. Denn in Dubai ist es uns zum ersten Male aufgefallen, dass die Leute auf der Strasse sich haeufig den Hals verrenken und vor allem die Augen verdrehen, um bis zur Turmspitze hinaufzuschauen. Bewusst und unbewusst. Vielleicht wollten die Erbauer, dass die Menschen beim Hochschauen zu traeumen beginnen und kuehne Visionen entwickeln. Vermutlich ist das der wirkliche Grund dafuer, dass Tuerme bis zum Himmel gebaut werden, von Babel ueber Dubai bis Toronto. - Welche bunten Zukunftstraeume habt Ihr?

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