And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all. After a three-month period of travel, touring, lost socks, misplaced luggage, cramped airline seating accommodation and more hotels than I can count, I am finally going home FOR A WHOLE THREE MONTHS.
I really didn't think this day would come.
What did I learn?
1. Granola bars and water can sustain a person for weeks.
2. 'Tis better to tour with others than 'tis to tour solo.
3. Really nice hotels charge exorbitant amounts for wifi, while really bad hotels provide it free. Conundrum?
4. Even at the ripe old age of 27, it's possible to get homesick.
5. Boyfriends come and go, but the pleasures of room service are forever.
Seriously, though, I had an amazing time in Toronto these past whirl-wind few days, as evidenced by the fact that I am going home with a suitcase newly stuffed with letters, a beautiful fan-made poster, and CHOCOLATE! I think I've eaten more cookies since I've been in Canada than since I was a child, and yesterday, a fabulous fan gifted Veronica Roth and me with goodie-bags filled with all the great sources of caffeine: coffee, and Canadian cocoa derivatives. Clearly, she knows me!
Veronica and I even got to make our mark by leaving chocolate-stamped hand prints on the wall of the adorable cafe/chocolatier Moroco Chocolat (if you live within driving distance of Toronto, so worth a stop!). Check out the pics below:
(Veronica had just been invited to sample the chocolate on her hand--a mix of 99% cocoa that apparently does NOT taste very sweet.)
It wasn't all chocolate and macarons, of course. We met so many engaged and avid readers and booksellers and fans--it was a pleasure and a surprise to see how many of our Northern neighbors have responded so strongly to our books. So Canada: thank you for being such a fabulous way to round out this crazy, crazy couple of months. Stay delicious, and I hope to see you again soon!