My first three months in Canada

Last May I started this blog with all the best intentions. There were two good months of content, okay they were average at best, but then life got busy and now it’s been six months since I posted anything. SIX MONTHS! I suck at this, but new year new me and all that jazz. 2019 is my year y’all!

So, a lot has happened since I last posted, namely that I made the move to Canada with my best friend, Abi. In summary, it has been an absolute rollercoaster and definitely the most incredible three months of my life.

This post is all about what’s happened, and there’s been a lot, so let’s get into it.

Arriving in Canada

As it turns out, immigrating to Canada is a very smooth process. When we landed it only took about an hour to get our official working visas and social security numbers issued, and then we were off.

Our Airbnb apartment that we booked was in Little Portugal, which turns out to be hugely trendy and I cannot recommend it enough. We loved it so much that we extended it until the end of January, so we’re still here. In February I’ll be moving to another Airbnb downtown for the month while I sort out a full-time home.

View from my bedroom window

When we first got here it was also HOT. Like, 30C and above hot. Everyone goes on about how cold Canada is, and now it’s January and -5C I can confirm it is cold, but summer here is incredible.

We spent our first week in Toronto swanning around in shorts and t-shirts, lapping up the sunshine, eating a metric tonne of unhealthy food and drinking all the beer. It was great.

Exploring Toronto

I’m just going to put it out there, I love Toronto. Abi and I have spent the past three months trying to explore every square inch of the city, and while there is still so much to see, I think we’ve done a pretty great job.

Toronto is really a city of neighbourhoods, 140 officially recognized by the City of Toronto to be exact, and they all have their own personalities and vibe. A lot of our time here has been spent exploring these areas, wandering around and trying the cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s been great fun, and the only downside is that choosing just one of them to live in now is going to be impossible.

Queen West
Financial District

Beyond our neighbourhood ramblings we’ve been exploring galleries, museums, parks, islands, castles, shopping centres, the Path (yes, we got lost), festivals, parades and so much more.

Overall, I’m broke, exhausted and totally in love with TO ❤

Making friends

I’ve moved around a fair bit, and always one of the hardest things about moving to a new place is making friends. Trying to forge new adult friendships is like treading a fine line between being enthusiastic and not looking like a total loser.

Fortunately for me, all of the stereotypes are true and Canadian people are genuinely some of the loveliest, kindest and most welcoming people I’ve ever come across.

I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to meet some incredible people here, and although it’s been just three short months, I would genuinely call these people my friends. I’m excited to spend more time with them in 2019 and beyond, and I don’t care if that makes me sounds lame, I think it’s lovely.

Abi and me pretending we understand ice hockey

Sadly, my travel buddy and partner in crime, Abi, will be moving back to the UK at the end of this month. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do when she’s gone because I think I’ve forgotten how to function without her, but our time together has been incredible, it’s something I’ll cherish forever and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Dating

I keep rewriting this section because it’s frankly laughable. Considering I wasn’t planning on dating for a few months until I got settled, my dating life since I moved here has been, for lack of a better word, a whirlwind.

I think the less said about that, the better. Moving swiftly on lol.

Working

There is a very healthy job market here in Toronto, especially in digital and tech, and I was lucky enough to secure a job with a digital agency just a couple of weeks after moving.

After working there for a while however, I made the decision to explore other opportunities. There are no hard feelings and I’m sad to say goodbye to a great organization with great people, but part of growing in your career is understanding when something isn’t the right fit, and that’s okay.

I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here already, and I’m looking forward to new ones in the coming year.

Holidaying

Two of my fondest memories from the last three months have actually been a road trip that Abi and I went on to Boston, and weekend trip we did to Quebec City.

Boston cityscape

The Boston road trip was one of the most stunning and awesome breaks I’ve had. We visited 5 US states over 6 days, drove about 2,500km, and saw so many fall colours. It wasn’t just the interesting towns and cities, beautiful countryside roads and scenic hikes that made it special, but getting to spontaneously explore with my best friend. We had almost no plans – just a car, some hilarious motels and each other – and it rocked. For more info you can check out Abi’s highlights post on her blog.

Hiking trail in New England

Our trip to Quebec City was also incredible, and god damn freezing. Minus 24C freezing. I can honestly say that I thought I was going to die. Beyond that however, it’s a particularly beautiful city with bags of charm and I completely fell in love with it. Abi is much better at blogging than me, so she also has a post you can check out about our Quebec City trip.

Quebec City

The tooth saga

If you know me personally, you’ll be aware that my life is mostly a series of ridiculous events strung together with some semblance of sanity. The end of 2018 was no exception.

While out having some drinks at a bar I fell over, landed on my face and broke both my two front teeth in half. I know how ridiculous that sounds, so I took a photo.

Pirate Hamilton

As you can imagine, it was somewhat traumatic and there were several phone calls crying to my parents about how I looked like a pirate. But after I pulled myself together, I went to the dentist and got them fixed. It was relatively painless, only took an hour and a half, and I looked as good as new.

Fixed Hamilton

Because it would have been too much to ask for that to have been the end of it, a week later one of the teeth turned red. The trauma of falling on the tooth had actually damaged the nerve to the point where it had died, superb.

Over the last 3 weeks the tooth has changed to a lovely shade of lilac. But not to despair, after I finish writing this post I’m off to the dentist to get a root canal and fix myself up. This time next week I’ll be good as new, and let me tell you, I cannot wait.

Looking ahead to 2019

So that was the end of 2018. I’m starting 2019 unemployed, without an apartment beyond February, hopelessly single, and with a purple tooth. Eternally the optimist however, I am incredibly excited for everything that this year has in store. If 2019 is even half as fun as 2018, it’ll be an amazing year.

Here’s to adventuring with my best friend, spending time with old friends and new ones, an amazing family (sorry I left the UK, mum), a new city to call home, and root canals!

My new home

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