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”.
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).
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!)
– 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.
I explored my new neighborhood,
as well as downtown,
(where I tried the national dish,)
and other neighborhoods,
where we met an awesome Dutch family
I also discovered a nice park,
went to a concert where the average age was twice my own,
licked some eyeballs at Niagara Falls (censored, so just a pic of the falls instead),
took a boat to Toronto Islands without getting seasick (because the boat was on a lake, probably),
found another nice park,
with rebellious animals,
got into a staring contest with other animals at the Toronto Zoo,
learned about being a National Geographic Polar Photographer,
got kind of lost at another nice park
and celebrated Christmas mid-November.
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)