Welcome to our monthly series we are running on Flat Earth Magazine! Our weekly blogs only touch the surface of what we’ve been up to, so we’ve decided to dive in a little deeper every month so you can see what travelling and living abroad is really like.
Recap our previous entries here.
Places visited: High Wycombe (UK), Brighton (UK), Toronto (Canada)
We moved to Canada! Finally we made the move to the Great White North. After spending the first chunk of the year being responsible and stock-piling some savings, we decided to take the plunge and just go for it. We were becoming way too comfortable at home so we were well overdue a shake-up.
At the beginning on the month we jumped on a plane to Toronto and have spent the month settling into our new home.
Finding work in the first week. We miraculously stumbled into a job within our first week of touching down in TO. We are working together (again!) in an adorable cafe and wasted no time in getting stuck in. It is a massive weight off knowing that we have a steady paycheck coming in and we are loving the work so far.
Exploring! Every spare second we have has been spent nosing around all the nooks and crannies of Toronto. We have based ourselves close to work in the leafy East-side and absolutely love the green spaces and gorgeous city views here, whilst the bustling West-side has provided us with many an Affogato and people-watching session. We are yet to venture outside the city but we have a couple of longer trips on the docket when our work schedule eases off!
Our First Hockey Game. Despite the NHL season ending early for the Maple Leafs we managed to get on the tail-end of the Hockey season through Toronto’s second most loved team, The Marlies! North American sport really lives up to expectations; a plethora of food options, cheer squads, relentless advertising and a heartfelt national anthem. And the hockey wasn’t bad either.
Leaving family and friends. This never gets any easier, no matter how many trips you take.
Apartment hunting woes. It turns out that Toronto’s rental market is almost as hectic as London’s! With an apparent 1% vacancy across the city and prices skyrocketing, finding an apartment has been a thankless task. We are currently Air BnB hopping but this is a very pricey and unsettled way to live!
Anxiety. It happened to me (Ryan) last time we uprooted and moved to Melbourne. The upheaval triggers some deep-rooted anxiety issues and I become overwhelmed by everything and suffer temporary insomnia. Lying in bed stressing about accommodation, jobs etc. It just takes a little perseverance though and becomes little more than a blip once things start to settle.
Most Popular Blog Post
There’s not much competition as we only published the one post this month. If you have any suggestions what sort of content you want to see from Toronto then let us know!
For now, you can settle down with Toronto- A Premature Evaluation to get our first impressions of our new city.
Most Liked Instagram Photo
This stunner of Scarborough Bluffs won the Instagram popularity battle this month. Located an easy bus ride away from the city, this beautiful slice of nature is a great place to take a breather from the hectic city.
I would love to start getting more shots of Downtown on our Instagram feed but the grey weather paired with my lack of skill when it comes to capturing a busy city has left my snaps looking pretty lacklustre. Hopefully this will improve in the coming sunny months!
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Destinations of the Month
Cabbagetown. Neighbourhoods don’t come more charming than Cabbagetown. The streets are shaded with trees and lined with the most beautifully restored houses in the city. Once home to the Irish immigrant community, this inner city pocket is now one of the most desirable places to live in Toronto and an absolute pleasure to stroll around on a sunny afternoon.
Evergreen Brickworks. Built on the site of a (you guessed it) former Brickworks, this formerly crumbling location was given a multi-million dollar eco-friendly face-lift to create the amazingly innovative cluster of buildings here today. With a focus on complete environmental sustainability, the Evergreen Brickworks is now home to weekly markets, a youth centre, extensive parklands and one of our favourite views of the Toronto skyline.
Just a short shuttle ride from the city, this place is definitely going to become a regular haunt for us!
Coming up next month
Hopefully, this time next month we would have found an apartment (a girl can dream…) and have settled into life here in Toronto!