For many, fall break meant a return home to relax and unwind. For Abraham Cruz-Pena ’21, fall break meant a week-long journey through Canada, exploring parks and historic sites. Cruz-Pena and 10 other Princeton students departed from Princeton early Saturday morning in a large white van that they decorated with orange window paint. The trip was designed to be very budget-friendly, so the group stayed at Airbnb locations. Cruz-Pena said that “it was really fun cramming ten people into two rooms. We really got to know each other.” For Cruz-Pena, this was his first time in Canada and it was a unique chance to be immersed in another culture.

Cruz-Pena at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa.

Each day brought a new city and new adventures. The group started in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where they saw a picturesque sunset and rode the Niagara SkyWheel. In Toronto, they took a water taxi to view the downtown skyline. They also explored the distillery district and saw the sunrise by the water at Bluffers Park. On Monday, they visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan, a Hindu temple. Cruz-Pena said that he enjoyed performing a Hindu traditional ritual at the temple. Another highlight of the trip was Halloween in Montréal, where they went on the Montréal Ghosts walking tour. The last stop was Quebec, where they visited the Basilica of Sainte Anne-de-Beaupré.

Cruz-Pena in front of the Toronto skyline.

Cruz-Pena's week-long trip seemed like the perfect fall break excursion, filled with friends, new experiences, and a much-needed break from the Orange Bubble.

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