Archive | November 2013

Tronnow

You may or may not know, or have known but also forgotten again or have never known and are just about to find out,  I moved to Canada! Almost two months ago (7 weeks and a day to be precise) I hopped on a plane, endured a pretty uncomfortable but reasonably cheap 7,5 hour flight and ended up settling in Toronto, or as the locals call it “Tronnow”.

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Last view of Belgium… It looks a bit less green irl

The first week I stayed in a cozy little place in Alderwood, which is a part of Etobicoke which is a part of the Greater Toronto Area. (Yes, that does spell GTA, and yes I do feel like a gangster all the time). During that time I looked for a place to live, and got to know the city a bit. I was VERY lucky to find a place I liked on the 2nd day of my stay (I did arrange some meetings beforehand, I’m not THAT lucky).

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I could think of worse neighborhoods to spend my first week in.

So the rest of my stay there consisted out of:
– Doing 4763 Ikea Trips (only 2 actually, I’m the kind of person who likes to carry an impossible amount of stuff in one go rather than just go a 2nd time. Not always the best idea, as the people who helped me when me, my mattress and 2 bags of furniture got stuck in the subway-turnstiles will confirm.)

– Learning how to take the public transport (Tokens? (Though I like them, they make me feel like I’m about to get on a -fairly boring- funfair-ride) Paper Tickets? (That you’re not supposed to take yourself which I did not realize until day 3, whoops!) Transfer Tickets? (That you are supposed to take yourself which I also didn’t realize, whoops!)

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Welcome to the TTC, the closest thing to time travel.

– Watching my first hockey game on tv (Which I really liked. Especially the part where they don’t lay down on the floor and cry for 45 minutes when they accidentally hit each other.. On the contrary)

– and just taking long walks ( I didn’t necessarily want to do long walks, but this is Canada so before you know it you’ve walked 20km in an afternoon).

After moving to a more permanent place (which is actually a living room, but it is a room and I live in it so I think it qualifies) with free sauna, pool and awesome roommate , I filled my days in multiple ways.

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I know you might think my bed is kind of low, but we’re up on the 5th floor so it’s actually reasonably high!

I explored my new neighborhood,

Bloor st West

To be fair, it doesn’t always look like this, the sunset helps.

as well as downtown,

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Lights and traffic violators everywhere!

(where I tried the national dish,)

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Not exactly the best looking dish in town (not the best tasting either, but it’s fries and cheese so I’m not complaining)

and other neighborhoods,

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I always feel like the CN tower is keeping an eye on me.

where we met an awesome Dutch family

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Meet the best 90-year-old Dutch organ-player in Canada.

I also discovered a nice park,

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Perdy park! (Humber Bay Park East actually)

went to a concert where the average age was twice my own,

Ian Anderson plays Thick as a Brick. DAT FLUTEPLAYING, SON.

licked some eyeballs at Niagara Falls (censored, so just a pic of the falls instead),

What can I say? It’s a waterfall.

took a boat to Toronto Islands without getting seasick (because the boat was on a lake, probably),

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Notice the red maple leafs in the foreground, for that extra touch o’ Canada.

found another nice park,

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Perdy Park 2! (This one’s High Park actually)

with rebellious animals,

What a rebel.

This probably qualifies as modern art.

got into a staring contest with other animals at the Toronto Zoo,

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I swear he lost it and started laughing like 2 sec after I took this picture.

learned about being a National Geographic Polar Photographer,

National Geographic Live

Paul Nicklen, amazing speaker, amazing photographer.

got kind of lost at another nice park

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Perdy Park 3 (but actually Bluffers Park. There is no Perdy Park. Yet.)

and celebrated Christmas mid-November.

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I’m just wondering what Santa is going to do with Rob Ford.

All of this while doing some job-hunting of course.

Special thanks to David for showing me around, willing to sit at the same table as me while eating and bringing me along to the pub.

Special thanks to Yebin for being an awesome roommate with some great cooking skills and sharing some of the food.

Special thanks to mom and dad for driving me to Amsterdam and just being so cool about this whole thing.

Special thanks to the people I’ve met here so far for being so awesome.

Special thanks to me for finally finishing this.

Special thanks to you for reading this.

(Do not forget to check out Canadium for more details about my ‘adventures’ in Canada)

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